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February 02, 2012

Taylor, Take Two

By Rachel Wolff | Art

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Courtesy Christie's Images Ltd. 2012

The much-buzzed-about Christie’s New York auction of Elizabeth Taylor’s statement-making jewelry pulled in approximately $156.8 million when it hit the block in December. Next week, the Taylor blitz continues with several other priceless items that once belonged to cinema’s grand dame heading to auction. Christie’s Modern and Impressionist art sale in London, on February 7 and 8, will include 38 of Taylor’s prized artworks (some inherited from her father, Francis Taylor, who was a renowned dealer; others she purchased on her own). They include a wispy, circa-1895 oil portrait by Renoir, expected to pull in $335,000; a stark Degas self-portrait from 1857–58, estimated at $630,000; and a pair of stunning, highly characteristic landscape paintings by Pissarro and Van Gogh, which are expected to fetch about $1.6 million and $9 million, respectively. Several more modestly priced, Taylor-owned works by the likes of Georges Rouault, Kees Van Dongen, Augustus John and Maurice de Vlaminck will be offered as well, and all items will be on exhibit at the firm’s London headquarters from February 2 through the sale itself. Bidders, take your marks. Christie’s London, 8 King St., St. James’s, London SW1Y 6QT; 44-20/7839-9060; christies.com.

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