Richard Burton famously said of his wife, “I introduced Liz to beer, and she introduced me to Bulgari.” While filming Cleopatra in Rome, she and Burton would spend the morning working, and the afternoons with Gianni Bulgari in his shop, learning about jewelry and sharing stories. So when this watch, with its black opaline dial, the 18k pink gold bezel set with circular-cut diamonds, and pink gem-set crown, was presented to Taylor, inscribed “To Dame Elizabeth, with gratitude, Paolo Bulgari, 2010,” it went far beyond the usual brand/celebrity gifting relationship—it was one of the final pieces in a decades-long romance between theand one of its most ardent fans. And we do mean ardent. “I used to get so excited, I would jump on top of him and practically make love to him in Bulgari,” Taylor said of going shopping with Burton in The New York Times in 2002.
Diamond and gold ladies’ Nautilus, signed Patek Philippe, Genève, nos. 1526808, 2811556, 4700/4. Estimated at $4,000-$6,000.