Elizabeth Taylor, the legendary actress known for classics such as Cleopatra and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, passed away last week at the age of 79. According to sources, Christie’s will be auctioning off $240 million worth of Taylor’s jewelry, with most of the proceeds going to charities such as the Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation and amFAR (The Foundation for AIDS Research). Elizabeth Taylor’s philanthropic efforts during her lifetime led her to raise $270 million for her AIDS foundation, and the auction of an estimated $240 million worth of jewelry after her death appears to be able to match or even surpass the amount Elizabeth Taylor raised herself. Elizabeth Taylor has not only left her legacy in Hollywood classics, but will also be iconic in a more significant social endeavor–to support AIDS victims and research.
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