City Beat: Elizabeth Taylor’s engagement ring, jewels on display


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Starting Wednesday, Bulgari will welcome the public to a small exhibit on its boutique’s second floor featuring eight signature pieces of jewelry once owned by Elizabeth Taylor.

Bulgari reacquired them after Taylor’s death — in particular, spending many millions of dollars at a 2011 Christie’s auction.


Among the pieces are emeralds and diamonds galore, in the engagement ring Richard Burton gave to Taylor and a brooch and necklace he also bought for her. The brooch and necklace each went for more than $6 million at Christie’s.

There are no visible price tags at Bulgari, and Taylor’s jewels are not for sale. But Bulgari expects many people will want to see them while they’re on display, through March 10.

It may be possible to walk in off the street, but making an appointment is best, the staff says. The phone number for Bulgari in Beverly Hills is (310) 858-9216.

Look for my next City Beat on Elizabeth Taylor’s jewels.

Keep reading here to see the story, in photos and videos, I sent out on Twitter from the scene:

— Nita Lelyveld

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