Elizabeth Taylor’s Home Was Full of Lipstick, Chanel, and Diamonds, Obviously: See Never-Before-Seen Photos

Elizabeth Taylor
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Stunning and surreal! In the months leading up to Elizabeth Taylor‘s death, the icon admitted photographer Catherine Opie into her home to photograph her private domain. Opie continued to snap pictures of the home in later months, before Taylor’s estate went to auction.  

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The images reveal the kind of life the Cleopatra star lived in her later days. From a curious message written in lipstick (“The quest for Japanese beef”) on her bathroom mirror to an immaculately organized closet and a shelf full of perfumes and jewels, the glamorous actress, who died in March of 2011, was surrounded by complete luxury, specifically gems and couture labels.

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Elizabeth Taylor - Shoe Closet
Catherine Opie The Shoe Closet 2010-2011 Catherine Opie. Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong.

One of the most revealing areas in Taylor’s home is her closet. In the photo above, the walk-in room is ultra clean and categorized. It contained furs, silks, and gowns by a variety of high-fashion designers, including a Liz Taylor favorite, Chanel.

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Elizabeth Taylor - Shoes
Catherine Opie Fang and Chanel 2010-2011 Catherine Opie. Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong.

Speaking of the french label, Taylor owned multiple pairs of the same shoe, in different colors. Here, they are modeled by Taylor’s cat, Fang.

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Elizabeth Taylor - makeup and jewels
Catherine Opie The Quest for Japanese Beef 2010-2011 Catherine Opie. Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong.

But it’s the diamonds and makeup that truly catch our eyes. The two-time wife of Richard Burton spread her jewels over the surface of a vanity, and kept fragrances, lip balms, and lotions behind the precious stone designs. Interestingly, above the makeup and diamonds on the counter, the picture shows a message written in lipstick on the mirror that reads, “The quest for Japanese beef.”

Elizabeth Taylor - Krupp Diamond
Catherine Opie Krupp Diamond 2010-2011 Catherine Opie. Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong.

Taylor also had one-of-a-kind jewels, like the Krupp Diamond, in her home at the time of her death.

Elizabeth Taylor - brooches
Catherine Opie AIDS Activist 2010-2011 ©Catherine Opie, Courtesy of Regen Projects, Los Angeles and Lehmann Maupin, New York & Hong Kong

The actress’ jewelry illustrated her passion for certain causes as well. Here, there are numerous brooches of red ribbons, showcasing her support for an AIDS cure.

Elizabeth Taylor - Living Room
Catherine Opie Living Room North View 2010-2011 Catherine Opie. Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong.

Taylor’s collections weren’t solely concerned with makeup and gems, though. She had a bevy of hand-painted portraits on her living room wall.

Elizabeth Taylor - Book Cover
Catherine Opie. Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles and Lehmann Maupin, New York and Hong Kong.

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