CHRISTIES ON ELIZABETH TAYLOR'S JEWELLERY AUCTION - 2011
24,000 Fans Google The Late Elizabeth Taylor's Engagement & Wedding Rings
FANS INTEREST IN the late Elizabeth Taylor's engagement and wedding rings is still strong — testifying to the enduring allure of the actors of the period. By Ben Arogundade.
DESPITE THE FACT that Hollywood actress Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor died on March 23 2011, her popularity endures. Google provides definitive proof of the extent of the continuous interest in the British-born beauty, as they record the total number of Internet search queries that people around the world type into their browsers each month. The late Elizabeth Taylor’s name for example, (including its abbreviation, Liz Taylor) is currently searched approximately 1.6 million times globally per month, while “Elizabeth Taylor eyes” is Googled 27,000 times.
ELIZABETH TAYLOR’S WEDDING & ENGAGEMENT RINGS
Google also records other interesting stats about aspects of Taylor’s life. For example, the actress’s diehard fans are obsessed with her jewellery collection, particularly the famous pieces she wore during her numerous engagements and marriages — eight in all, to seven different men. The term, “Elizabeth Taylor engagement and wedding rings” is Googled approximately 2,000 times per month, or 24,000 times per year.
ELIZABETH'S JEWELS UNDER HAMMER
After Taylor died, her entire collection of wedding and engagement rings, amassed over fifty years, plus other valuable pieces by designers such as Harry Winston, Cartier, Chopard, Bulgari and Van Cleef & Arpels amongst others, fetched a record-breaking $115 million (£80 million) during a frenzied bidding process at Christie’s New York auction house, which saw East Asian and Western buyers battle against each other to secure the gems. The two highest priced items were a pearl necklace (La Peregrina) given to her by actor Richard Burton in 1969, which cost him $37,000 dollars (£25,000) but sold for $11.8 million (£8.2 million); and a 33.19-carat diamond ring, formerly known as the Krupp Diamond, also from Burton, whom she married twice, and which fetched $8.8 million (£6.1 million) under Christie's hammer.
TAYLOR RINGS FROM BIRTH
Taylor, who made her name in films such as National Velvet, Whose Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?, and Cleopatra, possessed a lifelong love of bling. “I have loved jewellery all my life,” said the actress, who even wrote a book on the subject in 2002. “My mother says I didn't open my eyes for eight days after I was born, but when I did, the first thing I saw was her engagement ring. I was hooked.”
PUT A RING ON IT: The late Elizabeth Taylor shows off the 33.19-carat Krupp diamond engagement ring given to her by actor Richard Burton.
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DIAMOND LIFE: At the 1970 Academy Awards after-party, Hollywood actress Elizabeth Taylor wears a necklace featuring the famous Taylor-Burton diamond given to her by husband Richard Burton in 1969. BIG BLING: Taylor's diamond-encrusted brooch, designed by Van Cleef & Arpels.
*ELIZABETH TAYLOR'S WEDDING & ENGAGEMENT RINGS ACCORDING TO GOOGLE SEARCH
The number of people worldwide who Google the phrases, “Elizabeth Taylor wedding ring and engagement ring” each month.
The number of people worldwide who Google the phrase, “Elizabeth Taylor jewellery collection” each month.
*All figures for “Elizabeth Taylor's Wedding & Engagement Rings According to Google Search”, supplied by Google. Stats include global totals for laptop and desktop computers and mobile devices.