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27 posts tagged "Christie’s"

Exclusive: Liz Taylor Collection Debuts In L.A.


“We really didn’t have to second-guess where to start the American tour, it had to be Los Angeles,” Brett Sherlock of Christie’s tells, referring to the tightly edited collection of Elizabeth Taylor’s jewelry, couture, and select movie memorabilia that makes its U.S. debut at L.A.’s MOCA on Thursday. After basking in its rightful Hollywood glory, the Christie’s exhibition will continue a two-month-long world tour ending at Christie’s New York with a two-week-long auction.

Dubbed as the greatest jewelry collection that the auction house has ever had the honor of presenting, the public display provides a very exacting window into the private life of the Hollywood icon. Set against the somewhat stark contemporary space, the lots are displayed in their simplest form, viewable from all angles though Plexiglas: Two of Taylor’s Academy Awards are on display, as are her framed Warhol print, Dior full-length evening gowns, her namesake 33-carat diamond ring (estimated to rake in $3.5 million when it goes on the chopping block in December), an inscribed flat diamond, and countless others.

“This is the highest-profile auction we do,” Sherlock said. “We’ve given over our entire Rockefeller Center headquarters for this 2,000-item event.” Excitement over the tour and auction is already causing sellout crowds and forcing organizers to extend hours to meet the demand. No surprise there—Liz always knew how to draw a crowd.

Photo: Courtesy of Christie’s

Going Green, Seeing Red


Last night in New York, Christie’s played host to Runway to Green at its Bid to Save the Earth event, an evening auction to raise funds for environmental charities. And what a runway it turned out to be: models like Karolina Kurkova, Jessica Stam, and Coco Rocha all took to the catwalk to strut in designer creations auctioned off for the good of the organization (and a few likeminded groups, such as the Central Park Conservancy, Conservation International, and Oceana). But if you missed the party, there’s still a chance to buy—and unlike most runways, this one wasn’t see now, shop later. Designers including Prada, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, Marni, and Balenciaga have all contributed Fall 2011 pieces to Net-a-Porter’s just launched Runway to Green sale, with a portion of proceeds going to the eco cause. This marks your first chance to get Fall 2011 wares, from Prada’s bright scarlet belted wool coat ($2,650) and trompe l’oeil Mary Jane boots ($1,500, above left) to Marc Jacobs’ floral-print silk dress ($995, above right). It’s a sale well worth ponying up for—but if you’re not quite as flush as all that at the moment, there’s an entry-level buy anyone can manage: a geek-chic digital Timex ($50) in the color of the moment—green.

Photos: Courtesy of Net-a-Porter

Green Is Really Your Color


Earth Day has come and gone, but your commitment to the Earth has hopefully stuck around. In the spirit of do-gooding, here’s a gentle reminder that bids close tomorrow at noon (EST) on Christie’s Green silent auction. There’s still time to get your his ‘n’ hers Stella McCartney suits or, for those with less than $30,000 to spend, tickets to a Missoni show, a private fitting, and lunch with Angela Missoni (pictured, left, with Margherita Missoni). At an estimated $7,500, she ain’t a cheap date either, but it’s for a good cause, and it’ll be in Milan—meaning, in other words, you won’t have to tip.Click here to browse all of the lots.

Photo: Vittorio Zunino Celotto / Getty Images

Stella Does His ‘N’ Hers


She doesn’t do a men’s collection (yet?), but Stella McCartney will make your guy a suit if the price is right. Provided, that is, the price goes toward one of her favorite causes, the environment. McCartney is one of many designers, actors, retailers, and brands who have donated their time and talent to Christie’s Green Auction, an Earth Day effort worth splurging on. The carbon-neutral live auction—the world’s first, by the way—will take place next Thursday, and be broadcast live on Bids are already being accepted for the accompanying silent auction, where you can make a go at Stella and her needle. The winning bidder will receive a fitting with Stella for two bespoke suits made of sustainable fabric—one for your guy and one for you. It won’t come cheap (estimated value is $30,000) but the birds, bees, land, and sea will all thank you; profits from the auction (for which Christie’s is waiving all of its fees and commissions) will be divided between the Central Park Conservancy, Conservation International, NRDC, and Oceana. Other lots include a day on set with Hugh Jackman, a custom-made Nina Ricci scent, passes to Vanity Fair‘s annual Oscar party, and a master class in falconry with RFK, Jr. Because, of course, you’ve already taken the beginner’s course on that one.

Photo: Richard Young / Startraks Photo

Living In The Stone Age


Jewelry, jewelry, jewelry. Giles and Sophia did it for Spring. So did Alber. In fact, he went positively over-the-top with it. All of my anecdotal evidence (culled from serious chats with retailers) indicates that jewelry is an increasingly hot commodity. (And why shouldn’t it be? A great necklace easily has a much higher CPW, that’s Cost Per Wear, than a blouse or dress.) It also seems as if there’s more jewelry-related news than ever. Tonight at Henri Bendel, vintage costume jewelry dealer House of Lavande will be celebrating and showing the vintage couture pieces that will be on sale this weekend at the Fifth Avenue department store, like this Chanel collar ($4,500), circa 1940, pictured above. There’s also a groovy seventies Givenchy necklace with a resin heart for $948 and a resin and braided leather Yves Saint Laurent piece for $1,148.

Also this week, Moscow department store Podium opened another outpost of its Podium Jewellery boutique in Paris, its fourth one worldwide; it’s stocked with pieces from Loree Rodkin, Garrard, and Delfina Delettrez. Then, it’s also auction season. This Friday and next Monday, Christie’s is previewing highlights of a few fall sales here in New York and in Geneva. One crowning glory is the Annenberg Diamond, a 32.01-carat D Flawless whopper. Though there’s no guarantees on breaking even with the CPW for that one.

Photos: Courtesy of House of Lavande