Cunard Offers Exclusive Taylor Auction Preview

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 Oct. 18.

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 Dec. 6-8 at The Standard Oil Building in Beverly Hills and live online at

The 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 evening gowns and haute couture ensembles by designers Givenchy, Versace and more.

Guests on board Queen Mary 2’s Oct. 18 transatlantic crossing can veiw: 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; 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.