Can't afford Liz Taylor gem, how about $2500 catalog?

Thu Dec 1, 2011 9:01am EST
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By Chris Michaud

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Can't spare a few million for one of Elizabeth Taylor's world renowned rocks at the December auction of her jewelry?

You aren't alone. Less well-heeled fans of the late screen star are consoling themselves by snapping up lavish, limited edition sets of catalogs for Christie's upcoming auction of Taylor's jewelry, clothing, art and memorabilia. But even the books aren't that cheap.

While catalogs from individual auctions of her memorabilia can be had for as little as $60, the crown jewel for collectors is an ultra limited edition, boxed set of the gem sale catalog accompanied by a signed copy of Taylor's out-of-print 2002 book, "My Love Affair With Jewelry."

Packaged in a lavender presentation box, it's going for $2,500. Only 25 are available, with profits going toward Taylor's AIDS Foundation. The same set, minus Taylor's signature, is available for $600.

Another 20-lbs. boxed behemoth of all five catalogs will set a buyer back $300. A "jewelry set" of two catalogs detailing the gem auctions and selling for $150 has been another hot seller.

"We're almost out of the boxed set," Heather Barnhart, project director for the Taylor sales, told Reuters. "People just really want the whole thing, they see it as a collectors item."

"Not surprisingly," she added, the jewelry set "is the (individual) one that's selling the best."

Christie's said printing the catalogs constituted one of the auction house's most monumental publishing projects ever.   Continued...