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Gem Experts Discuss Elizabeth Taylor's $150 Million, Cleopatra-Like Jewel Collection (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Mar 25th 2011 6:20AM
Elizabeth Taylor and Eddie FisherOn 'Piers Morgan Tonight' (Weeknights, 9PM ET on CNN) gem experts John Block and Prince Dimitri of Yugoslavia discussed Elizabeth Taylor's $150 million jewelry collection, making the point that she was able to acquire almost all of it through gifts.

"Did Elizabeth Taylor ever buy jewelry herself, or was it always given to her by admiring men?" Morgan wondered.

Block answered that Taylor had told him the only time she had ever bought jewelry was during the Duchess of Windsor auction, when she bought only one piece of jewelery that she kept.

"She was a legend, just like Cleopatra that she played so well in the movie, she was literally on that level," was how Prince Dimitri explained her capacity to rack up the expensive gifts from her male friends.

While such a comparison would generally be hyperbole, $150 million says that Elizabeth Taylor's feminine charm may have matched that of the legendary Egyptian queen.

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