Elizabeth Taylor 1932-2011

All That Glitters: Gems from the Elizabeth Taylor Auction

From a 33-carat diamond to a pair of white hot pants, see a sampling of the star's personal treasures, auctioning Dec. 13-16 in N.Y.C.


Sold for: $11.8 million
Discovered in the 1500s in the Gulf of Panama, the pear-shaped pearl on this ruby-and-diamond necklace became part of the crown jewels of Spain. Taylor's husband Richard Burton (whom she married twice) purchased the stone for her in 1969, paying $37,000 in an auction. The actress later commissioned Cartier to design the necklace, a mount for what she called "the most perfect pearl in the world."