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Exclusive Exhibition Preview of Elizabeth Taylor Auction Items on Transatlantic Crossing

Exclusive Exhibition Preview of Elizabeth Taylor Auction Items on Transatlantic Crossing

Guests on board the luxury ocean liner Queen Mary 2 will have an exclusive opportunity to bid on items ahead of the December auction


Luxury cruise line Cunard and famed celebrity auction house Julien’s Auctions have partnered with House of Taylor to offer an exclusive auction exhibition of Property from the Lifestyle of Elizabeth Taylor on Queen Mary 2 departing Southampton on Friday, 18 October. The House of Taylor oversees Elizabeth Taylor's legacy and foundation.

Julien’s Auctions has announced that the Property from the Lifestyle of Elizabeth Taylor auction will take place from Friday, 6 December until Sunday, 8 December, 2019, at The Standard Oil Building in Beverly Hills and live online at This three-day event celebrates the life and career of the three-time Academy Award-winning Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor and will offer her iconic fashions, film costumes and accessories, including show-stopping evening gowns and haute couture ensembles by designers Givenchy, Versace and more.

Guests on board Queen Mary 2’s 18 October Transatlantic Crossing will enjoy:

A daily, rotating exhibit of the Lifestyle of Elizabeth Taylor Collection

Exclusive opportunity to bid on choice items in advance of the general auction in December 2019

Q&A with Darren Julien, President and CEO of Julien’s Auctions and Martin Nolan, Executive Director of Julien’s Auctions

“We’re delighted to offer our guests an exclusive preview of Elizabeth Taylor’s stunning collection on board Queen Mary 2 and give our guests an experience available only on Cunard,” said Lee Powell, Vice President, Brand and Product, Cunard. “Elizabeth Taylor was a loyal fan of Cunard and frequently sailed on our ships.”

Highlights of the auction include:

  • A beaded Versace leather biker jacket worn in her appearance on The Johnny Carson Show (estimate: $4,000 - $6,000)

  • Agathon Leonard, a gilt-bronze lamp featuring Loie Fuller, circa 1901, the sensational American dancer at the Folies-Bergere in Paris (estimate: $15,000 - $20,000)

  • A pale blue chiffon evening gown designed by Edith Head and worn by Taylor to the 1974 Academy Awards ceremony (estimate: $4,000 - $6,000)

  • A Givenchy emerald green silk pantsuit, worn at a 1987 AIDS Fundraiser (estimate: $2,000-$3,000)

  • A leopard print pantsuit designed by Mirsa and worn in the film The Only Game in Town (20th Century Fox, 1970) (estimate: $3,000 -$5,000);

  • A New York Yankees jacket worn in a 2004 shoot with iconic photographer Bruce Weber (estimate: $2,000 - $4,000);

Additional auction items include jewellery, wigs, fine/decorative art and household items from her residences around the world, as well as other pieces from her life and career.

“Julien’s Auctions is honoured to present this three-day celebration of the life and spirit of an extraordinary woman who needs no introduction – Elizabeth Taylor,” said Darren Julien, President/Chief Executive Officer of Julien’s Auctions. “We are excited to present this exhibition of glamour, beauty and style to passengers on Cunard’s iconic Queen Mary 2.”

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About Cunard

Cunard is a luxury British cruise line, renowned for creating unforgettable experiences around the world. Cunard has been a leading operator of passenger ships on the North Atlantic, since 1840, celebrating an incredible 175 years of operation in 2015. A pioneer in transatlantic journeys for generations, Cunard is world class. The Cunard experience is built on fine dining, hand-selected entertainment and outstanding service. From five-star restaurants and in-suite dining to inspiring guest speakers, the library and film screenings, every detail has been meticulously crafted to make the experience unforgettable.

There are currently three Cunard ships, Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria with destinations including Europe, the Caribbean, the Far East and Australia. In 2017, Cunard announced plans to add a fourth ship to its fleet that will be launched in 2022. This investment is part of the company’s ambitious plans for the future of Cunard globally and will be the first time since 2000 that Cunard will have four ships in simultaneous service. Cunard is based at Carnival House in Southampton and has been owned by Carnival Corporation since 1998.


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