Elizabeth Taylor Auction kicks-off at Christie's

Elizabeth Taylor's diamond ring. - AP Photo.

NEW YORK: A diamond ring given to Elizabeth Taylor by actor Richard Burton sold for over $8.8 million at auction in New York.

The 33.19-carat ring was part of Christie's sale of jewelry and other items from the collection of the late actress, who starred in ''National Velvet'' and ''Cleopatra.'' Christie's says a private buyer from Asia purchased the ring, which was estimated to sell for $2.5 to $3.5 million.

A diamond bracelet given to the actress by Michael Jackson sold for over $194,000. Its estimated sale price was $30,000 to $50,000. Prices include the buyer's premium.

Other sales of Taylor's art, clothing and memorabilia will be held later in the week. An online-only sale of some items runs until Saturday.

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