A Bulgarı Brooch That Once Belonged to Elızabeth Taylor Is up for Sale
The 18-karat yellow gold and platinum piece features pink and blue sapphires, alongside white diamonds, for $88,500
In 2011 Christie’s dubbed Elizabeth Taylor’s vast jewelry collection the “Crown Jewels of Hollywood.” While most of those precious pieces remain locked away by collectors, one of her prized brooches is now up for grabs.
The 18-karat yellow gold and platinum piece was designed by Italian jeweler Bulgari and decorated with cushion-cut blue and pink sapphires. It’s also laced with circular-cut white diamonds that balance out the manufacturer’s unique floral bouquet design. Its shimmering sapphires total 17.5 carats, while the diamonds reportedly weight 5.25 carats. Reflecting color and drama, the brooch seamlessly mirrors the sophisticated design codes of Bulgari; a brand that Taylor avidly collected pieces from over the years.
New Orleans-based antiques dealer M.S. Rau acquired the multi-colored brooch recently from a private collector who attended the Christie’s “Crown Jewels” sale on December 14, 2011 in New York City. That day, both sessions raked in a whopping $21.3 million total for its assortment of historic jewels and one-of-a-kind creations.