Last night, at Christies’ Rockefeller Plaza, an impressive assortment of personal pieces from the late-comedian Joan Rivers’ Upper East Side penthouse, hit the auction block.
Rivers, who died in 2014 was as well known for her bold taste as her acerbic tongue. She once described her home as, “where Marie Antoinette would have lived if she had the money.”
One of the most famous lots of the sale was a silver Tiffany & Co. bowl belonging to Rivers’ dog Spike. It blew its $500 – $800 reserve out of the water and sold for an impressive $13,750.
A jeweled gold-mounted nephrite photograph frame, marked Fabergé was the highest earner of the night, it sold for $245,000. It’s estimate was $40,000 – $60,000. A diamond and platinum flower brooch also went for well above its estimate, selling for $75,000. Its estimate was $30,000 – $50,000.
And a silver-gilt and guilloché enamel clock and photograph frame reached its low estimate of $100,000.
Each of the 205 lots in the sale sold and collectively they brought in a total $2.2 million. According to Christie’s a portion of the proceeds will benefit both God’s Love We Deliver, an HIV/AIDS charity, and Guide Dogs for the Blind.