Date: 22nd February 2001
Sotheby's has scheduled a March 21 auction in Milan of furniture and decorative items belonging to Italian director Franco Zeffirelli. Today's (Thursday) Los Angeles Times reported that many of the items were originally created for Zeffirelli's films and stage productions.
Zeffirelli, who indicated that some of the items going on the block had been retrieved from storage, said that he had decided to sell them "so that other people can enjoy the pieces and take them on yet further travels." Among the items to be sold is the bed used in Zeffirelli's 1968 production of Romeo and Juliet and two portraits of Elizabeth Taylor as an opera singer used as props in the 1988 film Il Giovane Toscanini.
Source: Studio Briefing