A collection of the late Dame Elizabeth Taylor's jewels were sold at auction yesterday (13.12.11), with one pearl formerly owned by Spanish royalty selling for $11.8 million.
A pearl owned by Dame Elizabeth Taylor sold for $11.8 million at auction yesterday (13.12.11).
The 50.6 carat Jewel - named La Peregrina which was suspended from a necklace featuring diamonds and rubies by Cartier - was expected to make $2-3 million at the auction at Christie's in New York, but ended up going for four times the estimate.
The pearl belonged to a eight Spanish kings from 1582 until 1808, and was purchased for the late 'Cleopatra' star by her husband Richard Burton in 1969.
Other items belonging to the actress - who died of congestive heart failure in March 2011 at the age of 79 - were also at the auction including an emerald and diamond necklace by Bulgari which sold for $6.1 million, and a Van Cleef Arpels diamond ring which went for $2.3 million.
Marc Porter, chairman of Christie's Americas, said: "It is by far the greatest jewellery collection to be offered in a century."
Sales are set to continue through to Friday (16.12.11), with items including the dress she wore to her first marriage to Conrad Hilton among the items available.