Channel 4 to air Elizabeth Taylor: The Auction (w/t)

C4 have revealed that they are to air a one-off feature length documentary that will explore the life of legend Elizabeth Taylor – who died in March last year of congestive heart failure – through her possessions, and most notably, her lavish and beautiful jewellery.

With the working title of Elizabeth Taylor: The Auction, we’re set to get insights into her life from the stories that are attached to some of her most precious jewels, most of which were given to her by either the men in her life or by the designers of the gems.

For instance, we’ll hear how The ‘La Peregrina’ pearl, given to Elizabeth by her husband Richard Burton – pictured above – eventually sold at auction for a record £7.6million. And we’ll hear how Ward Landrigan delivered the 500-year-old pearl to Elizabeth, as he recalls her reaction to receiving the amazing gift.

Set in auction houses in Paris, Rome, New York and London, we’ll see how each item of Elizabeth’s jewellery collection marked a distinct period in her life, and how many pieces raised millions more than they were originally estimated to.

There will also be contributions from those close to Taylor, including Joan Collins, Liza Minnelli, Mickey Rooney, and also her favourite jewellery and fashion designers, Bulgari, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Dior and Valentino, who created a number of her beautiful gowns and outfits.

And actor Robert Hardy will reveal what Elizabeth’s 33.19-carat diamond ring – which she never took off – actually looked like close up.

Silver River produced this 1 x 90min film, which will air in the spring, and of it, Channel 4’s Specialist Factual Commissioning Editor Sara Ramsden said, ‘It is a genuine privilege to be given such unique access to these amazing jewels.

“The film offers real insight into the queen of bling and why diamonds really were one of her best friends.”


Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.