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).
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When the beloved comedian Joan Rivers passed away in 2014, she left behind a lavish Upper East Side penthouse at 1 East 62nd Street 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.”
Her 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. So, this summer, the contents of her Manhattan home will come up for auction at Christie’s, where 200 lots will be available in a live sale, and 80 lots will be included in an online auction from June 16-23.
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Reginald Brack is keeping watch… On the international watch market that is. As Senior Vice President, International Head of Retail, Watches at Christie’s, he travels the world in pursuit of that perfect watch. He focuses his time in private sales where he assists clients from New York to Geneva to Hong Kong with their buying and selling needs. Reginald’s role at the auction house includes curating private boutiques, hosting events, and vetting watches for the newly launched Christie’s Watch Shop. From this brief job description, it’s clear that he has an expertise in things time related.
Beyond his work at the auction house, I was interested in learning more about Reginald. How did he translate a love of watches into a career? My curiosity also extended into New York’s relationship with timepieces.
6sqft met with Reginald in his office at Christie’s to learn more about watches, collecting, and where Christie’s fits into the watch market.
Read the interview with Reginald