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A memento of one of the most turbulent marriages in Hollywood history: Gold watch gifted to Richard Burton by Elizabeth Taylor in 1970 to be auctioned next month

A watch that belonged to Richard Burton is to go under the hammer
It was given to him by Elizabeth Taylor in 1970 after he was made a CBE
The couple were then married for the first time and would later divorce
They married again shortly after their first divorce before splitting again

It was one of the greatest and most turbulent love stories of the 20th Century and now a watch given to Richard Burton by Elizabeth Taylor is to go under the hammer.

The timepiece, a gold Omega, was presented to Mr Burton by Ms Taylor during their first marriage, which lasted from March 1964 until June 1974.

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At the time, the couple were thought to be in the Swiss ski resort of Gstaad with the watch gifted to Mr Burton after he was awarded a CBE.

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were the most famous couple in the world during the 1960s and 70s, with their relationship famous for tumultuous ups and downs.

They married and divorced each other twice with the Vatican once describing their relationship as ‘erotic vagrancy’.

Although the two split for a second and final time in July 1976, they remained close until Mr Burton’s death from a brain haemorrhage in 1984.

After Mr Burton, who was buried near his home in Céligny, Switzerland, the watch passed down through his family until it was sold five years ago.

Makers Omega have confirmed the 18ct gold automatic watch was bought on 12th September 1970 in Zurich, but due to client confidentiality, refused to say by whom.

The working timepiece measures 39.9mm by 32.9mm and has the Omega case numbers 166.059 168.047 with the watch and bracelet made from 18ct gold.

The owner has now decided to sell the watch at Silverstone Auctions’ Salon Prive sale, which will be held on September 4 at Blenheim Palace, with an estimate of £7,000 to £9,000.

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Any proceeds over the bottom estimate will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Society, a charity close to the owner’s heart as his wife has suffered from this debilitating disease for 15 years.

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