It’s one of the world’s most dazzling private collections of diamonds and other gems, and it belonged to the late Elizabeth Taylor who died in March at the age of 79.

The collection of almost 300 pieces, many of them gifts from Richard Burton, is up for auction at Christie’s in New York in December, and can be viewed in their London showrooms later this month.

Among the highlights is the Krupp diamond (latterly known as the Elizabeth Taylor diamond), a 33.19 carat Asscher cut stone. It cost Burton less than half a million dollars in 1968, but it’s likely to sell for at least $2m in December, and could fetch twice that.

The whole collection is likely to sell for at least $30 million.

Take a look…

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