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.