Fancy colored diamonds are not the only jewelry you’ll find on the auction block these days. Joan Rivers’ private collection of accessories, jewelry and home decor is up for sale online from June 16 to 23 and via live auction on June 22 in NYC. Among the items up for grabs are diamond brooches, amethyst necklaces and silk doghouses.
The beloved Fashion Police host, who died at the age of 81 in September 2014, had a large collection of gemstone brooches. The most expensive one in the estate? A silver-topped, gold-mounted star sapphire and diamond pendant brooch by Fabergé, which is expected to sell for anywhere between $70,000 and $90,000 during the live auction at Rockefeller Plaza. Other brooches, which Rivers loved to pin to her various embroidered blazers, include a gold and platinum-mounted aquamarine and diamond creation by Fabergé, fetching anywhere between $40,000 to $60,000 and another aquamarine and diamond design from 1908.
Her brooches aren’t the only impressive items that will be featured in the live auction. The comedienne, and mother to Melissa Rivers also owned a ruby, emerald and amethyst beaded necklace by Iradj Moini, which could sell for $15,000. Rivers’ love of colorful jewelry is evidenced by the variety of pieces, including this turquoise and pearl set silver bracelet by Fabergé (circa 1850), which could go for up to $12,000. Among her simpler items is a diamond and gold ‘Panthère’ wristwatch by Cartier, which may sell for as much as $10,000.
Some of Rivers’ more out-there collectibles from the live auction are our favorites. The “Rare and Important Jeweled and Gold-Mounted Nephrite Study of a Lily of the Valley Leaf” by Fabergé is thought to sell for between $200,000 and $300,000 (it’s just 5 inches long), while a silk doghouse with a hinged pagoda roof could fetch up to $1,500 and a purple pill box less than 2 inches wide will start at $12,000.
Which is your favorite piece from Rivers’ collection?
Courtesy of Us Magazine, Photos Courtesy of Christie’s