- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 29, 2011

NEW YORK Elizabeth Taylor’s prized collection of jewelry, art, designer clothing and other memorabilia will go on an international three-month tour before it is sold in New York in December, Christie’s auction house announced Wednesday.

The tour will begin in September and include stops in Moscow, London, Dubai, Geneva, Paris, Hong Kong and Los Angeles. It will end in New York, where Christie’s plans a “museum-quality exhibition” of the late actress’s collection that will fill its entire gallery space Dec. 3 through 10. The auction will be held Dec. 13 through 16.

Taylor, who was married eight times to seven husbands and is remembered for her roles in “Cleopatra” and “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” also was known for her passion for opulent diamonds. She died in March at age 79.

She published a book in 2003 titled “Elizabeth Taylor: My Love Affair With Jewelry,” and her collection has included some of the world’s most expensive stones.

A portion of the proceeds from the exhibition admissions and publications related to the sales will be donated to the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.

The screen icon’s impressionist and modern art collection will be sold in February at Christie’s in London and will include a group of works she inherited from her father, art dealer Francis Taylor, Christie’s said.

The auction house said details of the sales, exhibitions and tour dates will be announced in the fall. But it said Taylor’s magnificent jewelry, by some of the world’s top design houses, will range from white diamonds to elaborate custom-designed jewels. They will be sold in three sessions Dec. 13 and 14.

Some of the biggest names in fashion, including Valentino, Gianni Versace and Gianfranco Ferre, designed the star’s haute-couture and ready-to-wear fashions. Classic “Elizabeth Taylor looks” will be offered in an evening sale on Dec. 14, followed by three sessions of fashion, handbags, shoes, accessories and fine luggage the following day.

Film memorabilia from Taylor’s Bel Air home, furniture and 20th-century decorative arts will be offered Dec. 16.

Christie’s first announced it was selling the actress’s collection in April after an agreement with her family. At the time, it didn’t release any details.

Taylor won three Academy Awards, including a special Oscar for her advocacy for AIDS research and other causes.

She also won an Oscar for her performance in “Virginia Woolf,” in which she played an alcoholic shrew in an emotionally sadomasochistic marriage opposite Richard Burton, whom she married twice in real life.

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