Aside from cementing her legacy as one of the most exceptional actresses in history, Elizabeth Taylor was also a lover of arts and an avid collector of some fine masterpieces. Nearly a year after her death, her art collection was highly sought after during a recent auction at Christie's. Read more about it after the jump!
On February 7 and 8, 38 precious artworks that belonged to the late Elizabeth Taylor were auctioned off at Christie’s in an Impressionist and modern sales. One of these is “Vue de l’Asile et de la Chapelle de Saint-Remy,” a landscape masterpiece by Vincent Van Gogh, estimated to fetch between £5 million to £7 million. With the bid starting at £3 million, reports say all it took was four minutes of intense bidding in the room and over the phone before the Van Gogh landscape was sold at £10.1 million to an anonymous client who made the bid through the phone.
The Van Gogh painting was said to be purchased for £92,000 by Francis Taylor, the father of the actress who was an art dealer, on her behalf during an auction in 1963. The painting remained in her living room at her Bel-Air residence in California until her death in March 2011.
Other important works auctioned off were a self-portrait by Edgar Degas, sold for £713,250; and a large landscape painting by Camille Pissarro, sold for £2,953,250. Together, the three distinguished artworks in Taylor’s collection garnered £13.79 million, significantly surpassing the pre-sale estimated value of £6.2 million.