PEOPLE IN BRIEF: Christie's to auction Taylor jewelry, art

Christie’s to auction Taylor jewelry, art

NEW YORK — Christie’s auction house said it has reached an agreement with Elizabeth Taylor’s family to sell her prized jewelry collection, as well as some of her art, clothing and other memorabilia.

Christie’s said it is planning a series of auctions that will be announced later this spring. Taylor died last month at age 79.

The screen star was known for her passion for opulent diamonds.

She published a book in 2003 titled, ‘‘Elizabeth Taylor: My Love Affair with Jewelry,” and her collection has included some of the world’s most expensive stones.

Classical guitarist dies

NEW YORK — Classical guitarist Rolando Valdes-Blain has died in New York City after a life spent performing to audiences from Broadway to the White House.

Valdes-Blain’s family said Friday he died at home April 2. He was 89.

Valdes-Blain was born in Cuba and immigrated to New York as a child. In the 1930s he and his brother Alberto had a weekly music show on WNYC radio.

After serving in World War II he toured worldwide, performed with the Spanish Ballet and appeared in Tennessee Williams’ Broadway play “Camino Real.” He also composed the music for the play “Bullfight.”

Sienna Miller still suing over phone hack

LONDON — Prominent Britons who accuse a tabloid newspaper of hacking into their phone messages said Saturday they were not satisfied with the paper’s apology and offer of compensation.

The News of the World has acknowledged eavesdropping on the voicemails of public figures and said it will pay compensation for an unspecified number of ‘‘justifiable claims.’’

But the admission has done little to end a scandal that has rattled Britain’s political establishment and Rupert Murdoch’s media empire.

A lawyer for Sienna Miller — one of several celebrities suing the paper — said the actress has not dropped her lawsuit against the News of the World, which she accuses of ‘‘outrageous violations of privacy.’’ Lawyer Mark Thomson said Miller was awaiting more information from the newspaper before deciding what to do.