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A few weeks back, my mom told me that a preview of the Elizabeth Taylor collection to be auctioned through Christie’s before the end of the year would be showing at the MOCA portion of the Pacific Design Center and asked if I’d want to go. My response? Absolutely I would!

So yesterday was the day. We weren’t sure what to expect, but we headed up to West Hollywood around noon. They have you line up outside the building where you wait for your appointed time and they really monitor how many people are inside at once, which was actually perfect because it allows for you to see everything. Once we got inside, it was filled with magical things. We came to the conclusion that they chose the perfect amount of items for the exhibit. It certainly wasn’t everything that will be in the auction, but it was just the right combination of jewelry, fashion, art, and other items like a couple scripts and her Oscars. Much more and it would have been too overwhelming. Plus everything they chose was absolutely exquisite! I can say with certainty that’s the closest I’ll be getting to that kind of jewelry. Holy moly. Another really neat thing is that all proceeds from the auction as well as half the proceeds of the tickets for this exhibit are going to The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (with the other half of the ticket price going to MOCA).

I wasn’t sure if we’d be allowed to take photos, so I didn’t bring my real digital camera, but I did end up taking a bunch of iPhone photos, so here’s a peek inside The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor:

Waiting in line: naturally, the crowd was all girls & gays.

“To Elizabeth with much love Andy Warhol”

Major jewelry. Kunzite, Amethyst, & Diamond “Triphanes”  by Van Cleef & Arpels ; Coral, Amethyst, & Diamond “Dodecanese” by Van Cleef & Arpels

Insane beading on these Versace jackets: “The Face” & “Queen Elizabeth”

Tiziani Kimono made for the 1968 film “Boom!”

Posing with The Dame herself.

The show-stopping Elizabeth Taylor Diamond: 33.19 carats and I can say with absolute certainty that these photos do not do it justice.

Christian Dior Ensemble ; Emerald & Diamond bracelet & ring by Bvlgari, earrings by Kutchinsky

Cultured Pearl & Diamond set by David Webb ; La Peregrina Natural Pearl, Cultured Pearl, Ruby & Diamond necklace by Cartier

Christian Dior Pink Evening Gowns & Pale Green Silk Evening Coat. To-die-for embroidery & beading.

More show-stoppers: The Mike Todd Antique Diamond Tiara & The Taj Mahal Diamond Pendant Necklace

Shooting scripts for National Velvet & Cat On A Hot Tin roof as well as Nibbles and Me, a children’s book written and illustrated by Elizabeth Taylor in 1946.

Dame Elizabeth’s Oscars for BUtterfield 8 and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Her Cat On A Hot Tin Roof shooting script, bound in lavender of course.

A to Z Elizabeth Taylor souvenir book & exhibit guide. What a treat!