Elizabeth Taylor - Taylor's Cleopatra Wig Sells At Auction
The iconic wig Elizabeth Taylor wore in classic film Cleopatra has fetched $16,000 ($10,000) at auction.
The item was one of three versions created for the late actress, who died in March (11), to play the young queen of Egypt in the 1963 movie.
The wig, made of dark brown human hair and featuring gold coils, beads and braids, was expected to sell for $11,000 (£6,875) but bids soared to $16,000.
Margaret Barrett of Heritage Auctions says, "Cleopatra was filmed in Italy and Stanley Hall, who was an international wigmaker to the stars, made all the wigs for it. Elizabeth Taylor's character had tens of different hairstyles in the film and there were three wigs for each style.
"About 30 years ago Stanley Hall gave the vendor about 40 or 45 wigs from the film. Of all the wigs used in Cleopatra this must be the most iconic. If you think of the movie and Elizabeth Taylor in it you can see her in this wig. It is made of real human hair and has gold beads woven into it. It looks very authentic and is a real quality wig.
"Elizabeth Taylor has only recently passed away and she was one of the last great movie stars and there is a lot of interest in memorabilia related to her at the moment."