Elizabeth Taylor collection to go up for auction

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Elizabeth Taylor fans will soon get a chance to get close and personal with some of the famous jewels of the Hollywood icon.

Christie’s auction house announced on Wednesday that a collection of Taylor’s $145 million jewelry, art and designer clothes will be soon displayed for 10 days at Christie’s auction house before going under the hammer.

The three-month international tour that is starting in September will include stops in Moscow, London and Dubai before the collections are sold at an auction in New York.

The actress, who was known for her love for diamonds, owned some of the world’s most expensive stones. A portion of the earnings from the auction will be donated to the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.

The British-American actress, whose film credits included National Velvet, Cleopatra and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? died of congestive heart failure in Los Angeles on March 23, 2011, aged 79.

Marc Porter, from the auction house, said: The global tour and exhibition of her collection at Christie's will be a window into the world of a true icon, a rare woman who was at once an international film and fashion star, loving mother, successful businesswoman, and generous humanitarian, BBC reported.

This collection of her many cherished possessions will bring us closer to the essence of Elizabeth Taylor's unique spirit, and promises to inspire admiration, delight and, at times, sheer wonder in all who come to see it, he added.

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