updated 06/29/2011 AT 8:00 AM ET
•originally published 06/29/2011 AT 8:10 AM ET
Elizabeth Taylor fans will soon get a closer look into the private life of the late Hollywood legend, as Christie’s prepares a worldwide tour and auction of some of her most prized personal possessions.
The auction house is assembling a museum-quality collection of Taylor’s jewelry, fashion, accessories, decorative arts and memorabilia, and will display it on a three-month international tour beginning in September.
The tour will culminate in New York in December with a 10-day exhibition taking up Christie’s entire Rockefeller Center gallery, followed by four consecutive days of auctions from Dec. 13-16.
A portion of proceeds from the tour and auction will be donated to the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, which the film star, fashion icon, and humanitarian founded in 1993.
The exhibition will offer “a window into the world of a true icon, a rare woman who was at once an international film and fashion star, loving mother, successful businesswoman, and generous humanitarian,” said Marc Porter, chairman and president of Christie’s Americas.
He added: “This collection of her many cherished possessions will bring us closer to the essence of Elizabeth Taylor’s unique spirit, and promises to inspire admiration, delight, and at times, sheer wonder, in all who come to see it.”