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Auction of Elizabeth Taylor's jewels sets world record‎

Late Hollywood star's private collection of gems went under the hammer at Christie's for $115m

Auction of Elizabeth Taylor's jewels sets world record‎
Jewellery owned by Elizabeth Taylor on display at 'The Collection Of Elizabeth Taylor' auction (Getty Images)
Auction of Elizabeth Taylor's jewels sets world record‎
The Elizabeth Taylor Collection set a new world record for the most valuable private collection of jewels sold at an auction, fetching £74m ($115m) in one night (Getty Images)
Auction of Elizabeth Taylor's jewels sets world record‎
Wealthy jewellery collectors, movie fans and the just plain curious trained their eyes on this week's auctions (Getty Images)
Auction of Elizabeth Taylor's jewels sets world record‎
A photo from the preview of the event for the media (Getty Images)
Auction of Elizabeth Taylor's jewels sets world record‎
The monumental auction was staged at Christie's (Getty Images)
Auction of Elizabeth Taylor's jewels sets world record‎
The auctions 'have generated unprecedented presale interest with registrants from all corners of the globe,' said Marc Porter, president and chairman of Christie's Americas (Getty Images)
Auction of Elizabeth Taylor's jewels sets world record‎
The vast collection of the Hollywood actress, who died in March at age 79, includes some 1,000 lower-priced pieces in a special online auction running Dec 3-17 (Getty Images)
Auction of Elizabeth Taylor's jewels sets world record‎
Even the sale's various catalogs, with some signed special editions priced over $2,000, have virtually sold out (Getty Images)
Auction of Elizabeth Taylor's jewels sets world record‎
A world tour of highlights from Taylor's collection drew crowds in Dubai, Hong Kong, Moscow, Los Angeles and London(Getty Images)
Auction of Elizabeth Taylor's jewels sets world record‎
Taylor, one of Hollywood's last great stars, was beloved for her earthiness even as she lived a glamorous life far removed from that of most fans (Getty Images)
Auction of Elizabeth Taylor's jewels sets world record‎
Some 269 diamonds, pearls, rubies, rings, necklaces and even a tiara will be sold, with several of the most valuable, storied pieces tied to Taylor's lengthy, complicated romance with actor Richard Burton, whom she married and divorced twice (Getty Images)
Auction of Elizabeth Taylor's jewels sets world record‎
Christie's, with no argument, has billed the assemblage as the greatest private collection of jewellery ever auctioned (Getty Images)
Auction of Elizabeth Taylor's jewels sets world record‎
Taylor's fame, as well as her eye for quality have driven interest and prices (Getty Images)
Auction of Elizabeth Taylor's jewels sets world record‎
Jewellery owned by Elizabeth Taylor on display (Getty Images)
Auction of Elizabeth Taylor's jewels sets world record‎
Taylor's couture, fine art, decorative objects and accessories hit the auction block this week (Getty Images)