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Elizabeth Taylor

The $11,000 Casket

3/25/2011 8:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Elizabeth Taylor enjoyed the finest things in life ... and she will in death ... because TMZ has learned she was buried in an $11,000 casket.

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We're told the casket is a top of the line, traditional Jewish casket -- built entirely out of wood using a special glue ... no nails whatsoever.

According to sources,  the casket is made out of mahogany -- lined in red velvet with a matching red pillow.

Hopefully, it's comfortable.

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61.

urbusted    

She was very wealthy, 11k for a casket doesn't seem extravagant. Did you think she would be buried in a $500 casket from Walmart?
Hell, women pay more than that for dresses to where at the awards shows.
And the "hope it's comfortable" remark is VERY disrespectful. How would you feel if it was your loved one? Shame on you.

1275 days ago
62.

Stiletto    

$11,000.00 for a casket is not that much...given how rich she was. Most of the higher end caskets your standard funeral home offers are in the $4,000-$6,000 range. So for someone of her celebrity, $11,000 is pretty much pocket change.

1275 days ago
63.

TXluvsMJ2    

She did not hold up like Cher or Jane Fonda?

Are you serious? I guess you don't know what's "holding up" Cher and Jane Fonda? The next time you want to be "cute" by being nasty, at least find a naturally-aging beauty to compare someone to.

1275 days ago
64.

fran    

I would have liked to spend that money on an original gibson les paul guitar from the 60's man..or an early stratocaster...

Posted at 4:07 AM on Mar 25, 2011 by MIDNIGHT TOKER

hey Toker I agree with you for once...my brother bought a Les Paul Gibson when they first came out , about 1956, he sold it just shortly before he passed away himself...I always felt bad about him selling it..as he had played it all the time right up to age 74..what a guitar

1275 days ago
65.

fran    

Hey Howie # 6... You are not jewish obviously. Google jewish burial.

Posted at 6:09 AM on Mar 25, 2011 by barb

Howie tends to get carried away..as you will see if you hang around lol

1275 days ago
66.

Cooper    

Neither Elizabeth Taylor nor her family members asked any of us for the money for this casket so it is really not any of our business......

1275 days ago
67.

fran    

You all are obviously LOTS LOTS older than I am. Your all taking about how beautiful Liz is. All I saw was an old lady who did not HOLD ANY OF HER BEAUTY. She did not hold up like Cher or Jane Fonda. Maybe in the 1950's she was considered beautify. If would have rathern stayed hidden than to let my public see me an old wrinkled up hag!

Posted at 8:13 AM on Mar 25, 2011 by Murf

for one thing both fonda and cher have had facelifts and neither has suffered as much as Liz did health wise...Liz was a beautiful woman inside and out...I want to see you when your almost 80 without benefit of facelifts...and wonder if you will do any good in the world as Liz has done. young idiot

1275 days ago
68.

Puckett    

LOL, 11,000 is a lot for a Hollywood star's casket? How much do you people think caskets cost anyway? $400~500 bucks or something?

When i helped my father make my mothers funeral arrangements in 2007, Dignity Memorial, the largest funeral provider in the US wanted close to $4K grand for the least expensive (wooden) open casket on display, that they then try to poo poo and up sell you on something more expensive.

As she was Jewish all we needed was a simple all wood casket with lining. We went with a Batesville "renewable" Poplar casket (a fast growing "hard" softwood, or "soft" hardwood depending on how you look at it). Well Diginity Memorial wanted $1895 for it. Another out of state funeral home listed it for $1495 on their online price sheet.

This was basically the cheapest Jewish casket you could purchase though them. We had to ask about it and make them get the catalog out, otherwise they start selling you on the least expensive caskets on display, starting at $3995.

At Dignity Memorial if your paying any less you were burying your dead in a "press board", "particle board" or MDF box, not a casket.

I think $11,000 sounds kind of modest for someone who was worth several hundred million dollars at her death. The only thing odd about it is, as someone else commented, Jewish people aren't supposed to flaunt their wealth at such a time. So in that regard $11k might be a bit much. But it's hardly extravagant or expensive for someone of her stature.

I mean really, the red velvet liner bothers me more then the price... I see red or burgundy velvet or velour and i think "pornostar red", like the interior of the 85' Thunderbird i used to drive. There's a reason you don't see red interiors in cars anymore. lol

1275 days ago
69.

croc    

BUT HER FAV COLOR WAS PURPLE,,NOT RED!

1275 days ago
70.

Yes indeed!    

When will people learn that once you are dead who the **** cares what you are buried in?

ONCE YOU ARE DEAD YOU FEEL NOTHING.

Having a casket made of wood which grew up somewhere in California then paint it and line it with red rugs.... do you think Liz knows about this? Is it making here comfortable?

A simple casket for all dead should be the norm!

FINITO.

1275 days ago
71.

Ali    

This story is the biggest crock of CRAP!!!! Anyone who has a loved one in this type of mausoleum knows the deceased MUST go in METAL ONLY !!!! Maybe the wood was for show, but NO one goes into the wall in wood !!!

1275 days ago
72.

djdavis    

i wonder if her gardner will show up at the funeral?

Screen legend
Elizabeth Taylor

A bizarre picture emerged yesterday of life at Elizabeth Taylor's California mansion.

One of the screen legend's former employees claimed her butler was expected to have sex with her, but struggled to meet her needs until he began taking Viagra.

Jean-Luc Lacquement, 33, allegedly referred to 71-year-old Miss Taylor as "the old trampoline".

He, in turn, was said to have sought more sex - with one of the star's male gardeners.

The allegations surfaced in court papers filed in Los Angeles by former groundsman, Willem Van Muyden, who claims he was unfairly dismissed from the actress's estate in Bel Air soon after rebuffing the butler's homosexual advances.

1275 days ago
73.

Tess    

Good for her! She was always a lady, and deserves nothing but the best. My condolences to her children.

1275 days ago
74.

Puckett    

"When will people learn that once you are dead who the **** cares what you are buried in?

ONCE YOU ARE DEAD YOU FEEL NOTHING.

Having a casket made of wood which grew up somewhere in California then paint it and line it with red rugs.... do you think Liz knows about this? Is it making here comfortable?

A simple casket for all dead should be the norm!

FINITO.

Posted at 11:46 AM on Mar 25, 2011 by Yes indeed!"

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Why cares after your dead? The living that's who. Funerals are for the living, you tool, and of course they care whether their loved one is buried in a proper casket, or if it's an MDF box like the piece of crap computer desks they sell at Wal-Mart and have the audacity to call "furniture".

"Having a casket made of wood which grew up somewhere in California then paint it and line it with red rugs.... do you think Liz knows about this? Is it making here comfortable?"

It's not about HER it's about the loved ones who survive her and i'm pretty sure they would be saddened to see her buried in that painted and rug lined piece of crap you call a casket.

1275 days ago
75.

THIN LIZZY    

That's a little above average. Wait until you have to plan a funeral, see how much that **** costs.

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