Gems owned by romance author Jackie Collins on auction for $6,000
Diamond-encrusted jewels fit for a real Lady Boss: Gems owned by best-selling romance author Jackie Collins including 2.05-carat earrings and jade buddha pendant go up for auction
- Jewelry owned by the late romance novelist Jackie Collins is up for auction
- Most of the beloved novelist’s items went up for sale after she died in 2015
- A diamond necklace, gold earrings, and a jade buddha pendant are up for sale
Diamond-encrusted jewelry owned by the late best-selling romance novelist Jackie Collins is going under the hammer.
A diamond necklace, 2.05-carat gold earrings, and a jade buddha pendant that Collins wore day-to-day are being sold for $6,000.
Most of the beloved novelist’s items went up for sale after she died in September 2015, aged 77, after a six-year battle with breast cancer that she had largely kept from people.
Her family have decided to sell the collection with London-based Chiswick Auctions— with the last remaining mementos serving a remainder of a woman who kept her illness a secret, only telling her famous sister Dame Joan Collins two weeks before her death.
A collection of jewelry owned by best-selling romance novelist Jackie Collins is going under the hammer
Pictured: A blue topaz dress ring, going for $245-$370, and a pair of diamond pendent earrings, with the price ranging between $610-$860
Pictured: A diamond long chain necklace, set to sell for between $410-$650, and an oval pendant with a jade buddha at the center and encrusted with 2.25 carats of brilliant, with the price estimated between $860-$1,100
The 10 pieces, which include earrings, rings and necklaces, were bought by the late author later in life while she was living in Los Angeles, US.
English-born Collins wrote 32 novels, including The Stud and Hollywood Wives, which have sold more than 500 million copies.
She was also known for her lavish Hollywood lifestyle, married to art gallery and nightclub owner Oscar Lerman she moved in the right circles and knew all the entertainment industry gossip.
In 1978, Jackie saw her novel The Stud adapted into a feature film, with her own sister Joan Collins in the lead role.
Jackie’s husband Oscar produced the film based on the book, along with two others, The World Is Full of Married Men and The B*tch.
From 1981 to 1989, Joan starred in the soap opera Dynasty, making her into a superstar after a series of successful films in Britain and in the US.
Jackie Collins and Joan Collins are pictured together at the film premiere of ‘David Copperfield’ in London, 1970
Dame Joan Collins (right) and her sister Jackie Collins are pictured together in 2013. The two sisters were by all accounts close, but Jackie’s death was kept to herself until the last moment
The two sisters were by all accounts close, but Jackie’s cancer diagnosis was kept to herself right until the last moment.
During a famous lunch in Mayfair, Jackie explained she hadn’t told her famous older sister about her illness sooner because she hadn’t wanted to burden her.
Jackie kept a busy schedule until her death, making her final, stoic televised appearance on the women’s chat show nine days before she passed away.
Up until the day before she died, she was chatting to fans on Twitter and Facebook.
The day before she died she was still making plans, praising a fan for coming up with the idea of putting all of her novels with her famed character Lucky into one collection.
Her three daughters — Tracy, Tiffany and Rory Lerman — auctioned off many of their mother’s more extravagant showstopper jewels in 2017, but kept hold of these less ostentatious pieces until now.
Pictured: A pair of pendent ear clips: expected to go for $310-$430, and a pair of diamond earrings, to sell in the range of $370-$610
Pictured: A diamond dress ring, set to sell for between $370-$610 along with a diamond long chain necklace, going for around $490-$340
Pictured: A pair of lavender jade and diamond ear studs, to sell in the range of $245-$370 and a diamond necklace, set to sell for between $410-$650
An oval pendant with a jade buddha at the center and encrusted with 2.25 carats of brilliant cut diamonds is expected to fetch $1,100.
Also in the collection, a diamond dress ring is set to sell for between $370-$610 along with a diamond long chain necklace, going for around $490-$340.
The final items are a diamond dress ring, estimated in the range of $370-$610, and a diamond long chain necklace, going for $490-$340.
The novelist’s 8-bedroom Beverly Hills property sold for $17 million in 2016.
When her husband Oscar was diagnosed with cancer in 1989, he and and Collins began planning the house based on her ideas.
Photographs of the time showed airy interiors with beige walls and modern light wood fittings, along with off-white furniture.
Palm trees stretched out along patio out back, surrounding the rectangular pool.
Jackie Collins’ daughters Tiffany Lerman (left) and Tracy Lerman (right) with sister Dame Joan Collins arriving for the UK launch of Lady Boss
Sarah Duncan, head of jeweler at Chiswick, London, said: ‘The world Jackie Collins wrote about in her books was all about glamour and exclusivity and these jewels allow her fans to take home some of her own personal glamour.
‘This is just a small part of her collection, the family sold the vast majority a few years ago but kept these pieces so they have never appeared at auction before.
‘What’s really fun about these pieces is they represent her personal style. We all have fancy things and daily things, these were her daily style and personal look, creating that everyday glamour that she embodied.
‘She was such a glamorous lady I can imagine she probably wore them to the gym or something like that.
‘You can see the pieces that are one in a billion in museums or exclusive destinations, but these pieces are obtainable to you or I to have and enjoy a bit of her glamour in our own lives.
‘Jackie Collins is definitely known for the glitz and the glamour, I don’t think I have seen a single picture of her where she wasn’t wearing some jewelry.
‘And these are pieces of fine jewelry, they’re not costume jewelry, worn by one of the most glamorous people of recent history.
‘When you get an A-lister like this at auction, people are always keen to acquire them so we have had a lot of interest. This is a great opportunity for people to own something from her lifestyle.’
The jewelry will be sold at Chiswick Auctions tomorrow.
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