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Elizabeth Taylor Is Highest-Earning Dead Celebrity 2012

October 25, 2012 (6:06 pm) GMT
The actress who passed away last year had her biggest earning from the auction of her personal belongings.
Elizabeth Taylor

Turns out, is not the highest-earning dead celebrity this year according to Forbes. "Cleopatra" star and Jackson's close friend , who died of heart failure last March, has earned $210 million in the past 12 months, beating Jackson who earned $145 million this year.

Taylor owed her earning to the record breaking Christie's auction in which her jewelry, costumes and art work went sky-high. As many as $184 million from her earning came from the auction while the rest came from her estate, perfume sale as well as royalty of her films. She earns even higher than highest-earning alive celebrity, , who raked in $45 million less.

Jackson earned $90 million more than the celebrity at number three, . The King of Rock and Roll rounded up $55 million, thanks to a whole show around his music in 2010, "Viva Elvis", at MGM's Aria casino in Las Vegas. Presley earned the same amount of money last year.

"Peanuts" creator Charles Schulz sits at number four with $37 million. His earning could get higher in the future as a movie based on the characters he created will be made into a movie. At number five is singer with $17 million. He has profited from Marley beverage company and House of Marley, the latter which sells merchandise related to him.

  1. : $210 million
  2. : $145 million
  3. : $55 million
  4. Charles Schulz: $37 million
  5. : $17 million
  6. : $12 million
  7. : $10 million
  8. Albert Einstein: $10 million
  9. Theodor Geisel: $9 million
  10. Steve McQueen: $8 million
  11. Bettie Page: $8 million

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