|Studio publicity portrait of the American actress Elizabeth Taylor|
Shortly thereafter, Kenmore sold the diamond to the actors Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor for a paltry $100,000 markup, although he probably gained much valuable publicity from the sale, since the two actors were then the most famous movie stars in Hollywood. Now named the Cartier-Burton Diamond, Taylor wore it publicly on a number of occasions, including the 40th birthday of Monaco's Princess Grace and the 1970 Academy Awards show. Two years after Taylor and Burton divorced in 1976, the stone was auctioned off for $5 million and the funds from the sale were used to build a hospital in Botswana.
Today, diamond mogul Robert Mouawad owns the stone and has recut it down to 68 carats.