Elizabeth Taylor pearl sells for record sum
A necklace containing a huge 16th-Century pearl once worn by European royalty has sold for a record price of more than $11m (£7.1m).
The pearl known as La Peregrina is part of a collection that was owned by the late Dame Elizabeth Taylor, which is being auctioned at Christie's in New York.
Mounted on a diamond Cartier necklace, its selling price had been estimated as up to $3m but the bidding vastly exceeded that to reach $10.5m - more than $11 when fees are taken into account.
14 Dec 2011