Items belonging to late Elizabeth Taylor sold at auction for more than $183m
Items belonging to late Elizabeth Taylor sold at auction for more than $183m

The late Hollywood star Elizabeth Taylor's collection of jewellery, art and clothing has been auctioned off for more than $183m (£115m).

In a series of auctions held at Christie's in New York and London, 1,817 lots were sold, some of which were picked up for 50 times their resale value.

One of the lots was a painting by Vincent Van Gogh, Vue de L'asile et de la Chapelle de Saint-Remy, which had hung in the living room of Taylor's Bel Air home. It sold for $16m.

More than $156m was raised from the auctions in New York. A 19-carat diamond, given to the actress by former husband Richard Burton, was bought for $8.8m.

The sale of paintings in London raised $24.6m.

"The global outpouring of affection and admiration for Elizabeth Taylor from fans and collectors alike has been amazing for us to witness," Marc Porter, chairman of Christie's Americas, told Associated Press.

Taylor, famed for her numerous film performances including Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, died at the age of 79 on 23 March, 2011.