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Elizabeth Taylor’s Love Letters Up For Auction

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When she was just 17-years-old, a pre-famed Elizabeth Taylor was solely a young woman in love. Her unpublished love letters to her then fiance William Pawley, which show her transition from a girl to a woman and starlet, are now up for auction.

Taylor and Pawley, who was the son of a former ambassador to Brazil, were engaged in 1949, and there are more than 60 letters that were written (on pale pink stationary) between March and October. These letters will be auctioned off in May by RR Auctions of Amherst, New Hampshire, who purchased the letters from Pawley, who now lives in Florida.

The following is an example of the things Taylor included in her letters to Pawley:

I’ve never known this kind of love before — it’s so perfect and complete — and mature,” Taylor wrote to William Pawley on May 6, 1949. I’ve never loved anyone in my life before one third as much as I love you and I never will (well, as far as that goes — I’ll never love anyone else — period).

In other letters, she discusses things such as her weight, her schoolwork and exams, and some of her very first film roles, including “A Place in the Sun” and “The Big Hangover.”

The majority of the letters however are about Taylor’s true love for Pawley, and how she never wants to be with any other man (boy if he only knew what was coming for her):

My heart aches & makes me want to cry when I think of you, and how much I want to be with and to look into your beautiful blue eyes, and kiss your sweet lips and have your strong arms hold me, oh so tight, & close to you … I want us to be ‘lovers’ always … even after we’ve been married seventy-five years and have at least a dozen great-great-grandchildren, she wrote on March 28.

However, after publicly dating football star Glenn Davis and contemplating giving up her acting career, in September, Pawley asked for the engagement ring back. Taylor agreed:

I know with all my heart and soul that this is not the end for us — it couldn’t be — we love each other too much, she wrote.

He love must have not been as deep and true as she had written, because less than eight months later, Taylor was married to hotel heir Conrad Nicholson “Nicky” Hilton.

The online auction is scheduled for May 19-26. Spokesman for the auction house, Bobby Livingston, estimated that when Taylor was still alive the letters were worth between $25 and $35,000. He expects the prices to at least double now that Taylor has passed.

Other letters to be auctioned off include letters that Taylor’s mother wrote to Pawley reguarding their break-up:

You have a nervous condition and a problem with jealousy, as such you and Elizabeth can never be together.

Think you’re interested in owning one of these infamous letters? Make sure you have at least $75,000 in your back pocket to even consider buying one. It will be interesting to see who purchases these letters and how much they go for.

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