Liz Taylor’s ‘Green Goddess’ Rolls going to auction

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'Green Goddess' was what actress Elizabeth Taylor nicknamed this 1960 Rolls-Royce | Gurnsey's photos

Elizabeth Taylor’s favorite color was green. She preferred it for her clothes, including her wedding dress, and even for her 1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II, a car that became known as the “Green Goddess.”

That car, an H.J. Mulliner-bodied drophead coupe, will be offered up for bidding August 6 at a Gurnsey’s Auction House sale at The Pierre Hotel in New York City along with other items formerly owned by the Hollywood superstar.

Elizabeth Taylor rides along as Eddie Fisher drives the ‘Green Goddess’

“When Miss Taylor first ordered this car following her marriage to singer Eddie Fisher, she was living at The Pierre,” the auction house notes. In fact, Fisher was listed on the car’s ownership paperwork.

“Inasmuch as Rolls Royce was prepared to paint the car any color the film actress chose, she selected her favorite green color (Smoke Green). Matched to her wedding dress, the car soon became known to her legions of fans as the ‘Green Goddess.’

“Miss Taylor kept the car for approximately twenty years until she sold it to its current owner, a West Coast gentleman who has factiously maintained it for four decades.”

The car sold after Taylor advertised it in the Wall Street Journal.

“Other than its delivery when new to Miss Taylor in New York, and its appearance in Rome on the set of Cleopatra (where Liz met and former a liaison with future husband Richard Burton), the Rolls Royce spent its entire life in California.”

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Second owner purchased the car around 40 years ago

Gurnsey’s adds that the car, one of only 20 Silver Cloud II drophead coupes with left-hand steering, has been driven 40,644 miles and has a new convertible top.

Other Taylor-owned items in the auction include her pale pink satin and rhinestone-fringed Christian Louboutin evening bag and a green silk evening gown by Gianni Versace.

Also on the auction docket is a 1964 Ferrari 330 GT, a Series I model with four-headlamp design and 29,000 miles driven since new.

A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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