Elizabeth Taylor's Cleopatra Costumes On The Auction Block

Profiles in History is proud to announce Allan Trivette's legendary Elizabeth Taylor Collection will be going up for auction on December 18th in Los Angeles. The collection will be up for sale on day two of Hollywood: A Collector's Random, an auction set for December 17th, 18th and 19th in Los Angeles.

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After being captivated while watching the epic 1963 Cleopatra for the first time, Allan Trivette began an over 50-year quest passionately collecting artifacts from the life and career of the legendary Elizabeth Taylor. Through intrepid perseverance, Allan assembled the finest collection of Taylor movie costumes, props, and ephemera in private hands. 

Elizabeth Taylor's “Tarsus Arrival” teal gown and headdress from Cleopatra. This gown is highly visible when worn for the spectacular arrival of Cleopatra (Taylor) in Tarsus upon her fabled barge. It's pictured left and estimated to sell for $25,000 - $35,000.

Elizabeth Taylor's lavender gown with test headdress designed by Irene Sharaff from Cleopatra. The gown, worn under a matching robe, is visible in the Alexander’s Tomb scene when Cleopatra (Taylor) reveals her pregnancy to Caesar (Rex Harrison). Estimated to sell for $8,000 - $12,000.

Elizabeth Taylor's “Entrance Into Rome” gown with elaborate replica headpiece from Cleopatra. This costume was designed to represent the living embodiment of the goddess “Isis” and is highly visible in the film’s unforgettable scenes when Cleopatra (Taylor) enters Rome, as well as the final scene when Cleopatra lies in state upon the sarcophagus in her tomb.It's pictured right and estimated to sell for $20,000 - $30,000.

Elizabeth Taylor's coral gown by Irene Sharaff from Cleopatra. This costume is visible in the scene preceding Cleopatra’s (Taylor) entrance into Rome, where she begins to manipulate the narrative of being “invited” to attend Caesar’s (Rex Harrison) being named Emperor. Estimated to sell for $8,000 - $12,000.

Elizabeth Taylor's “Ruth Wiley” ivory and lavender gown by Edith Head from Elephant Walk.  This gown is highly visible in the scene where Ruth (Taylor) plays hostess to her first party as the new mistress of Elephant Walk. Estimated to sell for $3,000 - $5,000.

Elizabeth Taylor's “Ruth Wiley” riding costume designed by Edith Head from Elephant Walk. This costume is highly visible in the pivotal scene when Dick Carver (Dana Andrews) confesses his feelings for the married Ruth (Taylor) at the temple of the Sleeping Buddha Of Polonnaruwa. Estimated to sell for $2,000 - $3,000.

Elizabeth Taylor's “Lady Patricia” taupe gown designed by Elizabeth Haffendon from Beau Brummell. This gown is highly visible in the banquet scene when Beau Brummell (Stewart Granger) removes Lady Patricia’s (Taylor) earrings declaring, “You shouldn’t wear earrings. Never embellish what is already perfect”. It's pictured left and estimated to sell for $4,000 - $6,000.

Elizabeth Taylor's  “Lady Patricia” Regency period negligee designed by Elizabeth Haffendon from Beau Brummell. Estimated to sell for $2,000 - $3,000.

Elizabeth Taylor's “Susanna” floral gown and matching shoes from Raintree County. This gown is visible when Suzanna (Taylor) frees her black slaves during a party she and Johnny (Montgomery Clift) are hosting. Estimated to sell for $4,000 - $6,000.

Elizabeth Taylor’s custom MGM studio dress form. This is a vintage original wardrobe department dressmaker’s form consisting of padded foam-filled cloth “skin” with ribbon and metal components over wooden substructure. It was made to replicate Taylor’s precise physical measurements with some tailor’s markings in grease pencil and graphite in areas. Estimated to sell for $800 - $1,200.

A pair of screen-used Egyptian-style cat statues from Cleopatra. They were also seen in Julie Newmar and Eartha Kitt’s “Catwoman” lairs in the Batman TV series. Estimated to sell for $2,500 - $3,500.

Elizabeth Taylor's costume dagger from Cleopatra. It's pictured right and estimated to sell for $1,500 - $2,500.

Elizabeth Taylor's pink nightgown by Irene Sharaff from Cleopatra. This nightgown is visible in the scene where Cleopatra (Taylor) and Julius Caesar (Rex Harrison) are in bed when she tells him, “I will have many sons. Isis has told me.” Estimated to sell for $6,000 - $8,000.

Elizabeth Taylor's “How are the winds for Egypt” crown from the “Battle of Actium” in Cleopatra with a Taylor display bust. This is visible during the “Battle of Actium” scene when Cleopatra is mistakenly informed that Mark Antony (Richard Burton) was killed in battle. Estimated to sell for $6,000 - $8,000.

Elizabeth Taylor's winter white gown by Tiziani worn to Princess Grace’s “Scorpio Ball” with replica Taylor-Burton Diamond necklace. This was worn by Taylor to Princess Grace of Monaco’s November 1969 “Scorpio Ball”, where Taylor’s legendary 69.42 carat pear-shaped diamond made its public premiere. Estimated to sell for $3,000 - $5,000.

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