Silver screen star Elizabeth Taylor was known for her lavish lifestyle and glamorous taste as well as for a playful side, which can be seen in some of the personal effects that are up for auction in early December in New York, AFP reported on October 19th.
The items will travel across the Atlantic on the famous Queen Mary 2 ocean liner, allowing fellow travellers a preview. Included are a gold vermeil link belt, a sumptuous silk caftan and a studded black leather Versace biker jacket.
Following Taylor's death in 2011 at the age of 79, a week-long Christie's auction in New York of her vast collection of luxury dresses, jewels and fine art saw sales of over $156 million.
This time, the items are expected to go for a broader range of prices as they show the side of the Hollywood legend that only her closest friends and family knew.
"The icon on screen isn't the grandmother that I would hang out with around the house," said her grandson Quinn Tivey, a 33-year-old artist who is an ambassador for the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.
"I don't really know Elizabeth Taylor the celebrity," Tivey told AFP on board the enormous ocean liner his grandmother frequented and on which he will make the week-long journey. "To me she was just grandma."
Martin Nolan, the Executive Director of Julien's Auctions, which is hosting the sale, said some items like Taylor's scarves or costume jewellery carry pre-sale estimates of $200 to $400, meaning that not only institutions and wealthy individuals will have a chance to take something home.
"I think people will be surprised that they will be able to actually acquire and afford to have something from the amazing Elizabeth Taylor," he said.
Fascination with Taylor's rich legacy persists because, "She was true to herself. She was never one to let fear be the deciding factor, she always followed her heart. She always had the courage to do what she thought was right," said her grandson.