A few weeks ago my dear friend, Alvina Patel, the AVP of US PR for Van Cleef & Arpels, was in Chicago for appointments surrounding the mid-November reopening of lavishly elegant Van Cleef & Arpels boutique on North Michigan Avenue. I also had the pleasure of meeting Alvina’s colleague, Nicolas Luchsinger, the VP of Retail and Director of the Heritage Collection for the brand. For the Chicago opening, Van Cleef & Arpels flew in some to-die-for heritage pieces to display and I was lucky enough to have both Alvina and Nicolas walk me through the jewels to better understand their rich histories. We also spoke at length about “The Crown Jewels of Hollywood” auction at Christie’s New York, the legendary jewelry collection of Elizabeth Taylor. The auctions start tomorrow, December 13th, with an evening sale of Ms. Taylor’s Legendary Jewels. There are also two fine jewelry Day Sales on Wednesday, December 14th as well as a Haute Couture clothing auction, a Fashion & Accessories auction, and a Fine and Decorative Art & Film Memorabilia (including costumes) auction Wednesday through Friday.
A total of 269 of Elizabeth Taylor’s magnificent jewels have been traveling around the world to seven cities for auction previews since September 15th. Highlights from the Collection of Elizabeth Taylor began in Moscow and traveled on to London, Los Angeles, Dubai, Geneva, Paris, and Hong Kong before arriving in New York City for the final 10-day preview and sale, which began December 3rd. The sale is estimated to achieve an excess of $30 million at auction with a portion of the profits going to The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, providing funding to AIDS service organizations throughout the world to assist those living with HIV and AIDS.