Elizabeth Taylor, Auctioned: 6 Best Items Up For Sale This Month, Via Christie's and Profiles in History
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2. Costumes from Boom!
"Boom! is John Waters' favorite movie -- this really bizarre adaptation of This Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore," Lord explains. "[Taylor] plays a woman, but basically it's a woman who's a gay man. The character's name is Sissy Goforth and she's dying, and she wears this weird kabuki drag. It's so wild. I just hope there are enough midget drag queens in the world...Elizabeth was only 5' 2". They're drag queen clothes but you'd have to be a little drag queen. You need a very wealthy munchkin drag queen to buy these clothes."
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1. The Scorpion Cape
Worn by Taylor to Grace Kelly's 40th birthday party. "She's a Scorpio, and she had a Scorpion Ball to which she only invited Scorpios," Lord says. "Now, Elizabeth was not a Scorpio, but Richard [Burton] was, so Richard escorted her to the Scorpion Ball in Monaco. It was this fabulous velvet cape with a hood and this huge scorpion in, I assume, rhinestones, this big glittering scorpion on it. As a Scorpio myself, I coveted that."
The "Icons of Hollywood" auction will be held at the Paley Center from Dec. 15-17; the auction at Christie's in New York will be held from Dec. 13-16 with both live and online components. M.G. Lord's Taylor biography, The Accidental Feminist, will be released on Feb. 27, 2012.