Elizabeth Taylor’s Cleopatra wig sold for $16k

Updated: Dec 13, 2011, 17:48 PM IST

Washington: Elizabeth Taylor’s iconic wig, which she sported in classic film Cleopatra has fetched 16000 dollars - much above the expected range - at an auction.

The item was one of three versions created for the late actress, who died in March (11), to don the role of 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 be sold for 11,000 dollars but bids soared to 16,000 dollars.

“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,” Contactmusic quoted Margaret Barrett of Heritage Auctions as saying.

“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,” Barrett added.