Dame Elizabeth Taylor - Elizabeth Taylor named highest-earning dead celebrity

Dame Elizabeth Taylor has surpassed Michael Jackson as the highest-earning dead celebrity in the past year.

The late actress' estate amassed a staggering $210 million last year mainly thanks to the auction of Elizabeth's jewellery, costumes and artwork, which brought in $184 million after every one of the 1,800 lots sold, which puts her at the summit of Forbes magazine's list of Top-Earning Dead Celebrities.

Elizabeth's most expensive item to go under the hammer was an 1889 Van Gogh painting which sold for $16 million, while her perfume, White Diamonds, made around $75 million in 2011.

According to the publication, Elizabeth's estate also made money from property sales and from her films as after starring in 1963 drama 'Cleopatra', the actress - who died in March 2011 aged 79 - negotiated a 10 per cent ownership stake in each of her movies.

Michael - who died in 2009 - dropped into second place in the list with earnings of $145 million and Elvis Presley is third with $55 million, the same amount he pulled in last year.

The 'Beat It' singer's estate earned money from Cirque Du Soleil show 'The Immortal Tour' and he also has a 50 per cent stake in Sony's ATV catalog, which features artists such as The Beatles, Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift.

Cartoonist Charles Schulz, who created the 'Peanuts' comic strip, is fourth in the Forbes list - which analyses dead celebrities' earnings between October 2011 and October 2012 - after amassing $37 million, followed by reggae star Bob Marley with $17 million and late Beatles singer John Lennon with $12 million.

Other star names featured include Marilyn Monroe ($10 million) and Steve McQueen ($8 million).

Overall, the 13 stars on the list earned a total $532.5 million from beyond the grave over the past 12 months.

Full list of Forbes magazine's Top-Earning Dead Celebrities:

1. Dame Elizabeth Taylor ($210 million)

2. Michael Jackson ($14 million)

3. Elvis Presley ($55 million)

4. Charles Schulz ($37 million)

5. Bob Marley ($17 million)

6. John Lennon ($12 million)

7. Marilyn Monroe ($10 million)

7. Albert Einstein ($10 million)

9. Dr. Seuss ($9 million)

10. Steve McQueen ($8 million)

10. Bettie Page ($8 million)

12. Richard Rogers ($6 million)

13. George Harrison ($5.5 million)


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Tags: Elizabeth Taylor - Michael Jackson - Elvis Presley - John Lennon - Marilyn Monroe - Bettie Page


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