Credit: Everett Collection; Courtesy of Christie's

All the world record prices set for jewelry at the Christie's evening sale of Elizabeth Taylor's collection were gifts from Richard Burton. The historic Peregrina Pearl suspended from a Cartier necklace set a record for the highest price paid for a pearl. It was also the most expensive piece in the auction at $11,842,500. The Van Cleef & Arpels 8.62-carat ruby ring set a record of price per carat for a ruby. The astounding total was $512,925 per carat adding up to $4,226,500. The $6,578,500 price paid for the Bulgari emerald and diamond brooch set a world record for an emerald jewel sold at auction. The total for the evening sale alone of $115,932,000 shattered the previous record for a private collection of jewels sold at auction held since 1987 by Duchess of Windsor’s $50,281,887 sale. And the total is climbing with almost 200 lots of jewelry being sold at Christie’s auction house today and over 600 pieces online in a sale ending on December 17th.

—Marion Fasel