Legendary silver screen star Elizabeth Taylor, whose style epitomized Hollywood glamor--and whose infamously prolific love life was constant tabloid fodder--died Wednesday at 79. The two-time Academy Award winner died of congestive heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Taylor's publicist Sally Morrison confirmed to the AP. A more in-depth look at the memorable style of the violet-eyed Hollywood legend to come.
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Elizabeth Taylor's Jewels Fetch Nearly $116 Million at Auction, Setting a New World Record
Elizabeth Taylor's dazzling jewelry collection was auctioned off Tuesday night, bringing in close to $116 million--a world record for a private jewelry collection. “It’s one of the most extraordinary auctions that Christie’s has ever had and a testament to the affection for Elizabeth Taylor worldwide,” Christie’s Americas President Marc Porter told the New York Post. Taylor's one-of-a-kind diamonds, rubies, emeralds and pearls--80 pieces comprised "The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor"--sold for prices that shattered Christies' estimates. "To the best of my knowledge only two items sold within auction estimates," wrote Anthony DeMarco at Forbes. "The rest of the lots made the estimates look like afterthoughts as a jammed room full of bidders competed for items with telephone buyers from around the world." The big winner of the night wasn't, as everyone expected, the Elizabeth Taylor Diamond (that's the 33.19-carat diamond ring Richard Burton gave her and that she wore every day)--though that fetched $8.8 million.
Carine Roitfeld's Plans For V's September Issue Revealed: Elizabeth Taylor, Mario Testino and 72 Pages of Fashion
Earlier this year, reports surfaced that Carine Roitfeld would be styling V's September cover and cover story and it's now coming to fruition. WWD reports that the legendary former French Vogue editor is collaborating with Mario Testino on a 72-page "fashion extravaganza" for the glossy. September's theme is "heroes" and thus Carine has chosen to pay tribute to late icon Elizabeth Taylor.
Elizabeth Taylor's White Diamonds is Still the Best-Selling Celebrity Fragrance in the World
From Jennifer Aniston to the Biebs, it's quite rare these days to find a celebrity who doesn't have his or her own fragrance. That's because a signature perfume can bring in millions of dollars each year. And they have Elizabeth Taylor to thank for it. The actress, who died today at the age of 79, launched her scent White Diamonds in 1991. While she certainly wasn't the first celebrity to come out with a scent, she was the first to do it well. And it's still the best-selling celebrity fragrance in the world, bringing in $76.9 million globally in 2010. (That's according to the Chicago-headquartered Euromonitor International, a market research firm that tracks this sort of thing.) Now, that number includes the flanker fragrances under the Elizabeth Taylor name, including Black Pearl and Passion. But White Diamonds alone brought in $61.3 million in 2010, which is still pretty unbelievable.
Legendary Italian Fashion Editor and Style Icon Anna Piaggi Is Dead at 81
Anna Piaggi, legendary Italian fashion editor and a style icon in every sense of the word, has died, according to La Repubblica. She was 81. News of