The Elizabeth Taylor Online Auction at Christies Dec 3-17

Dear Diva Readers,

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Since 2006, Christie’s has offered its clients the convenience of bidding online in real-time in all of its auctions worldwide, but the upcoming sales mark the first time that the storied auction house will host an exclusively online addition to a private collection. 

The online sale complements four days of back-to-back live auctions of The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor that begin on December 13 with the film star’s most iconic jewels, and continues through December 16 with additional auctions of fine jewelry, fashion, accessories, decorative arts and film memorabilia.

Given the incredible depth of Elizabeth Taylor’s jewelry collection – dubbed “The Crown Jewels of Hollywood” – Christie’s has  hand-selected over 500 pieces of fine and costume jewelry for the online-only sale, including exceptional Art Deco-era jewelry, and an array of signed jewels by Cartier, Chanel, Christian Dior, and Ruser, among others.  This vast selection is reflective of Elizabeth Taylor’s lifelong love affair with jewelry in all its forms.  Her most iconic of jewels will be featured in the live auctions on December 13 and 14 and the online sale will be comprised her many cherished “everyday” adornments of designer and costume earrings, bracelets, necklaces, rings, and brooches. 

Of course, what Elizabeth Taylor considered everyday might be a little different than what you and I deem “day wear”!  Did you know Elizabeth Taylor swam in a vintage diamond tiara? Legend has it that 3  months into her marriage to Michael Todd, the producer came home to the villa they’d rented outside Monte Carlo to discover Elizabeth swimming laps while wearing a tiara her third husband had given saying, You’re my queen”.

And if the thought of having access to Elizabeth Taylor’s jewelry is not enough… fashion will also be for sale! 

More than 400 pieces from the houses of Chanel, Dior, Halston, Hermès, Oscar de la Renta, Tiziani, Valentino, and Yves Saint Laurent will be available.   Fashionistas and fans alike will be delighted by the scores of meticulously-maintained designer handbags, including 22 spectacular bags by Dior and Valentino and a range of luxury accessories by Cartier, Christian Louboutin, Fendi, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Manolo Blahnik and Prada, among others.

Enough writing about the sale, I’m off to browse the Christie’s websites for their Online Elizabeth Taylor Sale!

Bonne Shopping!
The Antiques Diva®

Last Minute Diva: Sotheby’s to sell Bags designed by Hester van Eeghen

top:2px;padding-right:5px;font-family:times;”>When I received this email from Sotheby’s PR Director, I knew I needed to share these divalicious details of a special sale this Sunday, November 9th! Sotheby’s is helping Hester van Eeghen celebrate the 20th ANNIVERSARY of her creative career as they sell 24 exclusive bags & collector’s items!
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On Sunday, 9 November 2008 at 6.00pm Sotheby’s Amsterdam will offer 24 exclusive bags and other collector’s items by Hester van Eeghen. The auction will be led by auctioneer Albertine Verlinde. The 24 ‘unica’ – one-of-a-kind creations – with estimates mainly between €500 and €2.000 – can be inspected at Sotheby’s on Friday 7, Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 November, daily from 10.00am to 5.00pm. to 10px; WIDTH: 149px; CURSOR: hand; HEIGHT: 216px; TEXT-ALIGN: center” alt=”” src=”” border=”0″ />

Hester van Eeghen has achieved international acclaim as a trend-setting designer. Her bags, shoes and other leather objects are sold the world over. The 20th anniversary of her creative career is celebrated with a photo book about her work and her life, the exhibition “Gem of a Bag” in Tassenmuseum Hendrikje in Amsterdam and the sale at Sotheby’s on 9 November.
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Hester van Eeghen (49) has been a designer in Amsterdam, London and Milan since 1988. Her bags, shoes and other leather goods are produced in Italy by small factories/ateliers and craftsmen. Her outstanding designs are inspired by architectural forms, by theatre or by human psychology. Bags and objects with geometric lines of distinct beauty are the result, losing nothing of their practical function. Her designs are for sale in her shops in the Amsterdam Hartenstraat, and also in any of more than a hundred shops all over the world, including other parts of the Netherlands, but also in Australia, Germany, Italy, Japan, the U.S.A, South Africa and Switzerland.
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*The Hester van Eeghen Leather Design Foundation
Hester van Eeghen began this foundation ten years ago in support of the leather trade in the Netherlands. As a result of the high costs of wages and environmental legislation, the traditional craftsmanship/methods slowly began to disappear. The foundation sees to it that debutante designers and the remaining artisans meet. A database with all the addresses in the leather branch aims to achieve the goals of the Foundation, as much as the organization of exhibitions or of a competition for young designers, once every three years. The winner’s prize shall be the production of thirty samples of their winning design by a respected craftsman/tradesman/artisan.

Auction: 9 November, 6.00pm
– Viewing days: 7, 8 and 9 November, daily from 10.00am to 5.00pm
(also on view will be Old Master Paintings from the sale on 11 November)
– Sotheby’s, De Boelelaan 30, 1083 HJ Amsterdam, Nederland
– Tel. 020 5502200”>

The Savoy Hotel Auction!

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My husband, WG, tries to stay at The Savoy whenever he’s in London on business. Upon hearing the news of their temporary closure, he was so depressed, claiming that he never sleeps as well as he does when at The Savoy. I think this might have more to do with the dinner he eats downstairs at their Michelin-starred restaurant, The Savoy Grill, than the actual beds themselves, but his comment did get me thinking… What will the hotel do with all their furniture and decorative items when they redecorate?

A little investigative shopping revealed that on Dec 18, 19, and 20, 2007 – through Bonham’s Auction House – The Savoy is selling more than 3,000 pieces of their hotel – including their “oh so comfy” bespoke beds!

Regardless of the fact that WG sleeps like a rock at The Savoy, purchasing a used hotel room bed seems a little gross – even if their beds have been slept on by the world’s most powerful people. Nevertheless, owning a piece of The Savoy is owning a little piece of history. So perhaps I’ll bid on something less personal. The 3-tier planter from the front of the hotel, which sits next to the only road in London where traffic flows on the right side of the road, would be an absolute treat. And I know WG likes The Savoy’s Art Deco fixtures, silver plate and hallway chandeliers. For those of you with a bigger budget than me, you might consider snapping up the parquet ballroom dance floor or the giant, white, grand piano!

Whatever you buy, it’s certain to be a steal, for The Savoy is setting no reserves in an “everything must go” type of auction. Entry to The Savoy Sale preview and auction days will be by catalogue ownership only – so you’d better hurry and order your’s today! But don’t forget that, prior to bidding, you will need to register with Bonham’s and this process can take several days.

As I’ll be out of town, I’ll be bidding on-line, but they also accept absentee ballots and telephone bids. Best of all, should you not be able to whisk off to London to collect the purchase yourself, Bonham’s has thought of everything and already contracted a shipping company! Crown Worldwide Ltd, the relocation company that has handled my last two moves, is servicing Bonham’s and will be able to provide quotes for shipping your items to your chosen destination. They do, however, advise that you inquire on shipping estimates prior to bidding – saving yourself from any unsavory surprises later!

Going, Going, Gone!

The Antiques Diva™