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The subject will be fragrance, but the smell in the air is likely to be bad as movie star Elizabeth Taylor and one-time boyfriend Henry Wynberg square off in court in a battle over a perfume called Passion.

At stake are the multimillion-dollar profits from Passion, a perfume with a floral bouquet manufactured by Cheeseborough-Ponds Inc., which is marketed by Taylor and goes for $165 an ounce.

Wynberg, a former used car dealer, claims Passion is a copycat version of a perfume he developed and presented to Taylor in a heart-shaped bottle in 1985.

Although the romance between Taylor and Wynberg lasted only two years, from 1973 to 1975, the legal sparring leading to Wednesday's jury selection has been going on for four years.

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