Kate Winslet pays homage to Elizabeth Taylor

Aside from perhaps the go-to Marilyn Monroe costume party get-up, there may be no screen legend more fun to dress up as than Elizabeth Taylor. Even this generation’s biggest stars can appreciate the appeal. Kate Winslet graces the cover of V magazine‘s Fall 2011 “Heroes” issue with a shot that captures Taylor’s look, pearls included. “There was a real fearlessness in her,” Winslet said to the magazine.”Back then, there didn’t seem to be a rule book, and there was some expectation in terms of how glamorous a woman should look. There is sort of a coolness and aloofness to the way [Taylor] would look in posed photographs. In candid snapshots she was really quite soft, and she would really screw up her face. I do that as well.”

Model Lara Stone also emulates Taylor’s look in the pages of V magazine, currently on newsstands, but you don’t have to be famous these days to accessorize like the late, great Hollywood and fashion icon. According to TIME.com, Taylor’s extensive jewelry collection, which is valued at a staggering $30 million, will go to the highest bidders at Christie’s in New York on Dec. 13 and 14. Have you always wanted that “Taj Mahal Necklace” that once belonged to Emperor Shah Jahangi to go with your new GAP sweater? What about the one-of-a-kind brooch that once belonged to Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor?

What’s the highest you would bid for a piece of her impressive collection? Let’s be realistic — which famous jewel of hers would you like to wear for one night, and how much would you be willing to pay to rent it? Share in the comments section below.

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  • Chelsea

    Gorgeous! Finally a homage to Liz that doesn’t make me gag in horror (I’m looking at you, Kim Kardashian)!

    • tracy bluth

      Exactly. Kate is gorgeous and an incredible actress. To quote Joel McHale, Kim Kardashian is only famous for “having a big a** and a sex tape”.

      • JoMarch

        Unfortunately, that’s all it takes to be a “star” these days and to make millions. The K’s wouldn’t be famous if people would just stop watching their show and buying their wares. What’s wrong with you people?!? Sorry, I’m ranting, when these comments should be about Kate and Liz.

      • Nathan

        It’s ok JoMarch, I think its pretty safe to say that we all wish the Kardashian clan would be mutilated in some sort of horrific explosion.

      • Squishmar

        Look, I definitely agree that it *should* take more to be a star these days. But obviously, there’s something that *some* of the public finds interesting about the Kardashians or their shows wouldn’t stay on the air….(just ask Paris Hilton). And there’s no doubt in my mind that Kim works hard now that she’s parlayed her 15 minutes into a semi-empire. Don’t laugh. If you had to keep her meetings and appointments for a week I bet you’d be surprised. (Apparently Kris is the mastermind behind the business end… I don’t know, I don’t watch the show.) But you’re right… we shouldn’t be sullying an Elizabeth Taylor/Kate Winslet piece with talk about Kim and Co.

      • Regina George

        Nooooo! Don’t spoil an article about Elizabeth Taylor by ranting about the Kardashians! R. I. P. Elizabeth

  • Steven Ball

    Is this an audition for the Martin Scorcese film he wants to make about the Burtons?

  • Merson

    Kate Winslet is voluptuous, gorgeous, sexy and beautiful. She’s amazing. That woman is incredible.

  • Angela Jolie

    Kate Winslet has a healthy model figure that boasts an ample cleavage, fuller legs and a fuller backside. I just love her curves. She’s so shapely. She’s a great example to women around the country.

  • Squishmar

    I think they are drastically *underestimating* the value of Taylor’s jewels. The fact that they belonged to her will bring the value up considerably. That said, I’ll answer the question posed in the article….I’d like to wear the Burton diamond ring for a day… (and I’m really not into jewelry or diamonds at all).

  • Joan

    I think Kate Winslet would be the perfect actress to portray Elizabeth Taylor in a film. She is a great actress.

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