Published: June 24, 2016
NEW YORK CITY — A jeweled gold-mounted nephrite photograph frame marked Fabergé, Moscow, circa 1898, led part one of the Joan Rivers collection sale at Christie’s on June 22. It sold for $245,000 against an estimate of $40/60,000. With scratched inventory number 13390 and in the rococo style, the asymmetrical nephrite frame with gold rocaille border was set with rose-cut diamond flowers, surmounted by a plaque with the engraved inscription “Sept. 8th 1898 from V.R.I.” An oval aperture with seed pearl set bezel enclosed an enamel portrait of Queen Louise of Denmark.
The live and online-only auctions of the collection realized a combined $2,495,250, concluding on June 23, selling 96 percent by lot — 281 out of a total of 294 lots.
Melissa Rivers, the late comedienne’s daughter, remarked, “This auction was an important testament to my mother’s legacy. I’m delighted that the many works of art in her collection sold at Christie’s found new homes across the world, and my sincere wish is that the things she loved will be cherished for years to come. She would have been touched, as I have been, by the love and support expressed by her fans.”
Additional highlights of the live sale, all Twentieth Century, included “Spike’s” silver dog bowl, mark of Tiffany & Co., New York, which realized $13,750 against an estimate of $500/800; a pair of Louis XVI-style cream-painted canapes, which brought $37,500 against an estimate of $3/5,000; and a toilette set retailed by Penhaligon’s, London, made $4,000 against an estimate of $300/500
The online auction realized well above the sale high estimate, with active global participation and competitive bidding on signed jewels, costumes and more.
Online sale highlights included a black diamond and diamond ring, which realized $11,250 against a high estimate of $5,000; an antique multi-gem and diamond “Prince-Of-Wales” brooch, $10,625; and a gold and citrine necklace, $9,375.
Prices reported include the buyer’s premium.
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