As 6sqft previously detailed, when the beloved comedian Joan Rivers passed away in 2014, she left behind a lavish Upper East Side penthouse packed with a collection of glittering designer gowns, gilded furnishings, jewelry and collected items that reflected a lifetime love of pretty things. Rivers herself once described the decor of the 5,100-square-foot triplex as “Louis XIV meets Fred and Ginger.”
Christie’s has issued a catalog listing the opulent collections of Rivers’ home that will be included in the live auction, scheduled for June 22 with viewing times beginning June 17. Items from Harry Winston, Tiffany’s and Fabergé will join art and small personal items–like Bob Mackie gowns, a silver Tiffany & Co. water bowl engraved “Spike” and a silk pagoda dog bed (h/t Curbed).
The apartment sold last summer for its asking price of $28 million to 65-year-old Saudi prince Muhammad bin Fahd, who reportedly plans to do a complete gut renovation. With items valued at estimates of $500-$200,000, Ms. Rivers’ daughter Melissa said “There is something to suit every taste and budget,” from Bob Mackie gowns and Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels and Harry Winston baubles to the aforementioned engraved water bowl. Different items will be included in the lots that go up for sale in person and online.
According to Christie’s, “The Joan Rivers Collection embodies the multi-faceted spirit of the iconic native-New York comedian, actress, writer, producer and award-winning television host. As the first female host of a late night network television talk show; well-known for her co-hosting of E!’s Fashion Police and her acerbic but honest and clever remarks, Joan Rivers stood for legendary entertainment and eclectic tastes.” In addition to the above-mentioned items, the auction will feature some of the “lesser known elements behind the distinguished Rivers.” Some of the proceeds from the auction will benefit God’s Love We Deliver, which provides meals to people in need, and to Guide Dogs for the Blind.
200 lots will be available in a live sale, and 80 lots will be included in an online auction from June 16-23. Find out more about the auction and browse the catalog here.
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