There's a lot of information out there that says Mike Todd may have been the love of Liz Taylor's life and it's said she continued to wear his wedding ring after his death. Removed from the wreckage of the plane crash that killed him in 1958, Liz wore the twisted and charred ring on her right hand throughout her marriage to Eddie Fisher. This did not bode well for their relationship...it lasted less than five years.
Mike Todd certainly seemed to be the man who started her love affair with jewelry. After the engagement ring in 1956, the following year he gave Taylor this antique Cartier tiara which Liz wore often. Today, valued at $60,000-$80,000, it is among items included in the Christie's auction this December.
|Taylor at the 1957 Cannes Film Festival looking queenly and stuff.|
|Taylor was wearing this tiara poolside when Todd gave her the ruby and diamond suite pictured below.|
Todd treated Taylor like a queen in the short time they had together. In 1958, he was killed along with three others in a fiery plane crash in New Mexico. Liz was almost on that plane but wound up staying home with a cold. Identified through dental records, according to Eddie Fisher (one of Todd's best friends), all that remained were Todd's wedding ring and a pair of platinum cuff links Fisher had given him.
In a ghoulish aside, almost twenty years after Todd's death, his grave was desecrated by thieves looking for a diamond ring Taylor reportedly placed in his casket before his burial. A bag with Todd's remains (bone and ash) was located under a nearby tree. He was later reinterred in an undisclosed location.