The Straits Times
Published on Oct 26, 2012

Forbes' top-earning dead celebrities


Images of celebrities including Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley who have been named by Forbes as the richest dead celebrities.

Taylor surpassed Jackson as the highest-earning dead celebrity in the past year, with her estate pulling in US$210 million (S$256 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 US$145 million, followed by Elvis Presley with US$55 million.

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