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Liz Taylor’s ‘Cleopatra’ Trailer Sells for $51,660

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June 29, 2012 by   1 Comment

Lavish interior of Liz Taylor's trailer

A vintage travel trailer, customized as a lavish dressing room for Elizabeth Taylor during the filming of Cleopatra in 1963, has sold at auction for $51,660, according to a report on WhatSellsBest.com.

The auction listing noted: “Twentieth Century Fox spent a rumored $75,000 (in 1960s dollars) which would be now valued at over $560,000 to build a fully customized 36-foot dressing room/trailer for the star, staying true to the theme of the Egyptian/Roman epic.” Apparently all this effort was intended to help “keep Elizabeth Taylor in the true character of Cleopatra.”

The auction listing goes on to describe the 36-foot Aljo trailer’s lavish upgrades, which included; full columns mounted on the walls, hand-painted ceilings and hand-painted murals in the bedroom.

After the film wrapped, Nicolas Salgo, a millionaire financier who helped arrange financial backing for Cleopatra, negotiated with Fox to keep the trailer.

Reportedly, Salgo parked the trailer on his Oregon ranch until 1980, offering it to visiting friends who wanted to stay in the “Elizabeth Taylor/Richard Burton love nest.”

When Salgo sold the ranch, the trailer was exhibited in a museum, then later used as a guest house at a private residence before being sold at auction. Cable network Lifetime is currently filming a biopic of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.

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One Response to “Liz Taylor’s ‘Cleopatra’ Trailer Sells for $51,660”

  1. Vernon Rice on June 29th, 2012 5:53 pm

    I spent 47 years in the RV business and I am still in it as an advisor and consultant to factories and private buyers and potential buyers. OK, so my history is there has never been a position that I have not worked at. NONE. Now that is out of the way, did someone give that trailer like for free to them or did someone not like Lizzy and actually went out and bought the biggest, cheapest, worst built peace of sticks and tin to ever hit the road ? Well, yes there were a few worse, but you would have had to really look hard. I guess in my own mind, I would have thought a lady, a star of liz’s magnatude would have deserved something far superior to an ALJO. No, I don’t mean one of those silver sewer tubes.

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