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
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Jewellery owned by Elizabeth Taylor on display at 'The Collection Of Elizabeth Taylor' auction (Getty Images)
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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)
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Wealthy jewellery collectors, movie fans and the just plain curious trained their eyes on this week's auctions (Getty Images)
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A photo from the preview of the event for the media (Getty Images)
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The monumental auction was staged at Christie's (Getty Images)
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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)
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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)
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Even the sale's various catalogs, with some signed special editions priced over $2,000, have virtually sold out (Getty Images)
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A world tour of highlights from Taylor's collection drew crowds in Dubai, Hong Kong, Moscow, Los Angeles and London(Getty Images)
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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)
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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)
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Christie's, with no argument, has billed the assemblage as the greatest private collection of jewellery ever auctioned (Getty Images)
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Taylor's fame, as well as her eye for quality have driven interest and prices (Getty Images)
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Jewellery owned by Elizabeth Taylor on display (Getty Images)
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Taylor's couture, fine art, decorative objects and accessories hit the auction block this week (Getty Images)
Wed 14 Dec 2011 12:33 PM GST