A wig worn by Elizabeth Taylor in the titular role of 1963′s Cleopatra will be up for auction March 30 as part of Heritage Auction’s Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction in Dallas, Texas:
Made of authentic dark brown human hair by famed international wigmaker to the stars, Stanley Hall, styled with short bangs and a shoulder-length blunt cut with three elaborate layers on either side, two labels sewn inside the interior netting, the first reads “Wig Creations Ltd. 8079,” the second has a small handwritten annotation in black fountain pen ink reading “Elizabeth Taylor 22;” worn by the star in many scenes mainly at the beginning of the film; displayed on a vintage wig stand with a ribbon around the base reading ‘Max Factor Hollywood.’
Hair Length: 13″
The auction estimate for the wig is $10,000 “and up,” with the opening bid set at $5,000. Last December, at Christie’s, an embroidered saffron-yellow chiffon robe made by costume designer Irene Sharaff for Taylor’s Cleopatra brought in $62,500, so it’s not difficult to imagine that another costume piece worn by the actress herself could bring in such big money. Even if it is a wig. Or maybe wigs are very popular… Hubby has a vintage wig collection; but I’m not allowed to discuss it.
Like any other vintage fashion or fashion accessory, I have to wonder if the winner will wear the item… If only just once. Or search for a tiny skin cell or some-such to consider cloning the legendary Liz.
There’s still time to bid on the wig; absentee bidding ends March 29, 2012 at 10:00 PM CT.