Many interesting and rare memorabilia will be available in Heritage Auctions’ March 30, 2012 Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature auction. Most attention will certainly attract Elizabeth Taylor’s Gold Ceremonial Cape from Cleopatra and the rarest of all US 45 Beatles singles. The gold cape that Elizabeth Taylor wore as Cleopatra in two key scenes in the 1963 film is expected to bring $20,000, and the rarest of the US Beatles singles is expected to fetch about $30,000.
The Elizabeth Taylor Ceremonial Cape from Cleopatra is an ornately designed piece made of thin panels of gold-painted leather adorned with hand-stitched gold bugle beads, seed beads and bead-anchored sequins. The cape is complimented by a wig Taylor wore in the same film, mainly at the beginning of the film, estimated at $10,000.
Taylor was featured in countless newspaper and magazine articles wearing this cape, most famously on the cover of the October 6, 1961 issue of Life. While the $194,800 budget for Taylor’s costumes was the highest ever for a single actor at the time, the film’s costume designer, Irene Sharaff, made good use of it, winning an Academy Award for Best Costume Design, Color, for her work,” said Margaret Barrett, Director of Entertainment & Music auctions at Heritage.
US 45 Beatles singles including albums My Bonnie and The Saints is the rarest of the US Beatles singles, even rarer than the pink label promo version of the same record, and just 25 of them remain in existence. This set of rare records of the Beatles had the likes of Tony Sheridan and the Beat Brothers play with them. [Heritage Auctions]