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5 restored yachts once owned by Hollywood stars

5 restored yachts once owned by Hollywood stars

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Taylor and Burton on superyacht Kalizma
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Kalizma

Elizabeth Taylor was so taken with life aboard her friend's yachts that she persuaded Richard Burton that they should buy their own. In 1967, when the couple were at the height of their fame, Burton bought a GL Watson-designed steam yacht, launched as Minona in 1906. The Burtons paid $192,000 for her and then spent six months and hundreds of thousands more on a complete refurbishment, adding artworks by Picasso, Monet and Degas. They renamed her Kalizma, after daughters Kate Burton, Liza Todd and Maria Burton. She had been re-engined with diesels and could do 14 knots.

The boat became the couple's floating home for long periods while they were filming on location. In 1969, while Kalizma was tied up in Monte Carlo harbour, Burton presented his wife with a fabulous 69-carat diamond. He had bought it from Cartier for $1.1 million and it arrived aboard Kalizma under police escort. Taylor wore it for the first time a few days later (on a specially made necklace arranged prominently on her trademark décolletage) at Princess Grace’s 40th birthday party.

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