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Rights: Painting of Queen Mary – Public domain and Elizabeth’s Taylor’s necklace - courtesy of Snow Kitty Creative Commons 2.0 Published 8 October 2012 Size: 120 KB Referencing Hub media

Queen Mary 1st of England owned the La Peregrina pearl (left). The pearl is famous for it’s size and symmetry. In 1969 Richard Burton purchased the pearl for Elizabeth Taylor, who had it made into a necklace with rubies and diamonds (pictured at right). In 2011 the necklace fetched $11 million US dollars at auction.