La Peregrina pearl to be sold

September 8 2011

Image of La Peregrina pearl to be sold


The famous pearl given to Mary I by Philip II, and worn by her in her portraits, will be sold in December at Christie's. Valued at $2-3m, it was until recently owned by Elizabeth Taylor. Interestingly, a portrait such as the above by Hans Eworth is worth at least twice that. 

More on the history of pearl, and Taylor's ownership of it, here.  

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