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Liz Taylor top earning dead celebrity

Thu Oct 25, 2012 8:45 am

Elizabeth Taylor surpassed Michael Jackson as the highest-earning dead celebrity in the past year, with her estate pulling in $210 million, much of it from the auction of her jewels, costumes and artwork, Forbes said on Wednesday.

Jackson, who died in 2009, dropped into second place with earnings of $145 million, followed by Elvis Presley with $55 million.

In addition to the Taylor auction, which totalled $184 million, the actress, who died in 2011 at the age of 79, also earned $75 million from sales of her top-selling perfume White Diamonds.

“The rest of the money came from property sales and residuals from Taylor’s movies,” according to Forbes. “After Cleopatra, the star smartly negotiated a 10 per cent ownership in each of her films.”

Although Taylor bumped Jackson from the top spot, Forbes said the pop star is likely to regain it next year due to steady revenues from music sales and other ventures.

Cartoonist Charles Schulz, who created the Peanuts comic strip, came in at No. 4 with earnings of $37 million, followed by reggae star Bob Marley with $17 million.

Forbes compiled the ranking by analyzing the dead celebrities’ earnings between October 2011-2012.

“We count money coming into the estate and we don’t deduct for how the estate handles it,” Forbes said.

Films stars and musicians dominated the list but Nobel-prize winning physicist Albert Einstein tied with Marilyn Monroe for seventh place, with each earning $10 million.

The 13 dead celebrities on the list earned a total of $532.5 million. http://www.vancouversun.com/entertainme ... story.html

Re: Liz Taylor top earning dead celebrity

Thu Oct 25, 2012 8:49 am

That's a huge total, although also a one-off of course. She'll probably not make the top 10 next year.

Re: Liz Taylor top earning dead celebrity

Thu Oct 25, 2012 9:00 am

They're still selling the perfume? How macabre! Reminds me of a Lynyrd Skynyrd song . . . "ooh, ooh that s . . ." Never mind. It's just that you don't want to associate a dead person with a scent! I don't think.

rjm

Re: Liz Taylor top earning dead celebrity

Thu Oct 25, 2012 9:07 am

Kind of sad the reason her hitting the top, auctioning off a lifetime.

Re: Liz Taylor top earning dead celebrity

Thu Oct 25, 2012 11:34 am

rjm wrote:They're still selling the perfume? How macabre!

I've heared they also still sell Presley records.

Re: Liz Taylor top earning dead celebrity

Sat Oct 27, 2012 8:17 am

A. C. van Kuijk wrote:
rjm wrote:They're still selling the perfume? How macabre!

I've heared they also still sell Presley records.


Yeah, but I was referring to a perfume!

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rjm

Re: Liz Taylor top earning dead celebrity

Sat Oct 27, 2012 9:20 am

A. C. van Kuijk wrote:
rjm wrote:They're still selling the perfume? How macabre!

I've heared they also still sell Presley records.

Has the RIAA verified this? :lol:

Re: Liz Taylor top earning dead celebrity

Sat Oct 27, 2012 9:22 am

I agree Ms Taylor is a one hit wonder. Wacko Jacko will be above Elvis for many years due to his smart financial investments in things like the Beatles songs and his Cirqu du soleil show.