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According to the Associated Press, she bears an uncanny resemblance to the Conservative politician on the poster, unveiled Monday with the Big Ben clock tower as a backdrop.

Miss Streep visited Parliament to research the role of Mrs. Thatcher, who governed Britain from 1979 to 1990 with pro-free-market zeal.

Mrs. Thatcher’s family has expressed fears the film will be critical, but director Phyllida Lloyd says it is not ideological.

Miss Lloyd said that “when they see Meryl’s performance, they will understand how much care and attention to Lady Thatcher’s dignity she’s given it.”

Online-only bidding added to Liz Taylor auction

Christie’s auction house has added a special online-only component to its upcoming Elizabeth Taylor sale. The online auction will feature 950 items, with pre-sale estimates ranging from $100 to $200 for an art-deco bracelet to $10,000 for a white-gold-and-diamond necklace.

Highlights of the online-only auction went on view on the fashion website Moda Operandi on Monday, the Associated Press reports. All items, covering four categories - fine jewelry, fashion and accessories, costume jewelry, and decorative arts and memorabilia - will be featured on Christie’s website beginning Friday.

The online sale runs Dec. 3 through 17.

“The online-only sales provide an additional means for her legions of collectors and fans to participate in the auctions, no matter where they live,” said Marc Porter, chairman and president of Christie’s Americas, in a statement.

The auction house said it was its first exclusively online-only auction, which will offer continuous bidding during the two-week period. It is not the first foray for Christie’s into real-time online bidding, which has been available for all its sales since 2006.

The star of films including “Cleopatra” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” amassed one of the foremost jewelry collections in the world, including a 33.19-carat diamond ring and a 16th-century pear-shaped pearl from one of her seven husbands, Richard Burton.

She died in March at age 79.

After registering, potential online auction bidders can choose from Chanel clip earrings estimated at $100 to a necklace set with 126 circular-cut diamonds mounted in 18-carat white gold estimated to sell for $10,000 to $15,000.

The online sale also includes 22 handbags by Dior and Valentino, 500 pieces of fine and costume jewelry and 400 more designer fashion items.

The 16 live Christie’s auctions Dec. 13 through 16 will feature more than 1,000 items, including the 33.19-carat diamond set in a platinum ring that Burton purchased for Taylor in 1968 for $305,000. It’s expected to fetch $2.5 million to $3.5 million at the Dec. 13 evening sale of her most iconic jewelry pieces.

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