Sotheby’s to Auction an Exclusive Pair of Bulgari Earrings to Benefit The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. Offered in the Magnificent Jewels Auction at Sotheby’s New York on 11 December 2013. Luxury and a good cause!
CUSTOM-DESIGNED JEWEL INSPIRED BY THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF TAYLOR’S CLEOPATRA.
Sotheby’s is honored to announce that Bulgari will offer a custom-designed pair of earrings inspired by Elizabeth Taylor and her film CLEOPATRA – which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year – in the 11 December 2013 auction of Magnificent Jewels in New York. Bulgari will donate the full proceeds from the sale of the jewel, a Pair of 18 Karat Gold, Spinel, Turquoise and Diamond Earrings (est. $18/22,000*), to The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF). The earrings will be featured in preview exhibitions at Sotheby’s London, Geneva and Los Angeles galleries, prior to the public exhibition in New York beginning 7 December**.
Bulgari has created these one-of-a-kind contemporary earrings – reflective of the dramatic colors and motifs of ancient Egypt – in honor of the 50th anniversary of the film CLEOPATRA. Considered one of the grandest cinematic spectacles of all time, CLEOPATRA took home four Academy Awards® and was the highest grossing movie of 1963. It was on the set of the film that the onscreen love affair between Cleopatra and Mark Antony spilled over into real life and its stars Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Their legendary romance not only captivated the world, it also began their enduring love of Bulgari’s jewelry.
The appearance of the Bulgari earrings at auction in December 2013 is part of an on-going global celebration of the film’s 50th anniversary and an exclusive partnership between Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and Bulgari, which commemorates both the film and the legacy of its iconic stars, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. In tribute to Ms. Taylor, Bulgari will donate 100% of the proceeds of the sale of their earrings to The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation in support of her courageous life’s work in raising awareness and providing care for those affected by HIV/AIDS around the world.
The 50th anniversary of CLEOPATRA also is honored this year by the film’s Blu-ray debut. The 2-Disc 50th Anniversary Edition, which debuted in May of this year, is artfully packaged with a full-color book featuring rare images that provides a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the making of this legendary film.
Sotheby’s New York. Magnificent Jewels. Auction 11 December 2013. Property of Bulgari, Sold to Benefit The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. Pair of 18 Karat Gold, Spinel, Turquoise and Diamond Earrings, Bulgari. Estimate $18/22,000.
ABOUT THE ELIZABETH TAYLOR AIDS FOUNDATION.
The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF) was established by Elizabeth Taylor in 1991 to raise funds and awareness to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS, and to provide assistance for those living with the virus. With its focus on direct care and prevention education, ETAF provides funding to AIDS organizations throughout the world, providing support services to populations in need.
The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (1) supports organizations delivering direct care and services to people living with HIV/AIDS, and (2) supports organizations that provide education to the public regarding the AIDS virus and the prevention of AIDS. ETAF provides financial support for organizations and entities both within the United States and internationally.
ETAF supports existing organizations and entities that have exhibited integrity in managing their operations along with the knowledge and ability to expediently provide services or achieve other designated goals.
For more information, visit www.elizabethtayloraidsfoundation.org.
Sotheby’s London: 25 – 29 October.
Sotheby’s Geneva: 9 – 12 November.
Sotheby’s Los Angeles: 17 November.
Sotheby’s New York: 7 – 10 December.
Definitely, luxury and glamour and a good cause!