Estate of superstar writer Jackie Collins to be auctioned at Bonhams, Los Angeles
February 17, 2017: International auction house, Bonhams, has announced a 1,000-lot sale of the estate of legendary author, Jackie Collins, OBE, estimated at $3m. ‘Jackie Collins: A Life in Chapters’ will take place on May 16 and 17 at Bonhams Los Angeles.
Tracy, Rory and Tiffany, the three daughters of Jackie Collins, commented, “Our mother never did anything in small measures! She was passionate about collecting, and spent many decades selecting paintings, statuettes and jewellery which brought her joy and creative inspiration. In the early 1990s our parents designed and built a breathtaking contemporary home in Beverly Hills, which became the custom designed backdrop to our mother's collections. She had a unique and extraordinary eye for a design and aesthetic that combined elegance and glamour with humour and warmth.”
Ms Collins was a serious collector of fine art and sculpture with a particular passion for Art Deco sculpture and 20th century American and British painting. Art enthusiasts can keep a look out for a collection of bronzes including Nude with Shawl by Josef Lorenzl (estimated at US$18,000-25,000) and several works by the much-loved English painter, Beryl Cook, including Tango in Bar Sur (US$ 20,000-30,000) and Train Station Café (US$ 20,000-30,000).
The author’s bespoke special edition 2002 Jaguar XKR Sportscar, fittingly finished in metallic gold, estimated at US$ 15,000-20,000, will also be auctioned during the two days.
Like her home, her personality and her characters, Ms Collins’ jewellery is bold, strong and colourful. A 6.04-carat diamond and platinum ring (US$100,000-150,000); an Art Deco diamond, emerald, stone and platinum necklace (US$40,000-50,000); signed pieces by Cartier and Nardi among others; and watches by Patek Philippe, Harry Winston, Chanel and Chopard will be on sale.
The British-born star published her first novel, The World is Full of Married Men, in 1968, marking the start of a 47-year writing career. An instant success, the book was a bestseller, as were the next 31 novels which together sold more than 500 million copies in 40 countries worldwide.
A portion of all proceeds from the auction will be donated to support the empowerment of young women in the arts and education.
Day One: Contents of the Beverly Hills home of Jackie Collins
Day Two: The Jackie Collins Collection of Jewellery
Day Three: Online sale of Objet d’arts and Jewellery goes live