Taylor sells off father's art
Elizabeth Taylor is selling off a number of prized pieces from her art collection including a series of works by famed Welsh painter Augustus John which were salvaged by her father.
The Hollywood actress inherited the works from her dad Francis, a London art dealer, who pieced the sketches back together after the artist tore them up in a fit of rage in the 1930s.
The drawings will be sold in Britain through Chiswick Auctions and Taylor has passed a letter to the auction house to authenticate the lots.
Taylor writes, "In the late 1930s my father Francis Taylor based his business as an art dealer in London. During that time he acquired a great many works by Augustus John, including these drawings that the artist had torn up in a fit of anger... and which my father subsequently persuaded him to allow to be pieced back together, a task that my father undertook himself."
The 44 drawings, which include female nude studies and portraits, have an estimated value of between £200 and £800.