Lots of laughter at Rivers’ sale

Christie’s New York is to auction the late-comedienne Joan Rivers’ collection of art, furniture and jewellery. The opulent triplex apartment on New York’s Upper East Side where Ms River lived was once described by the entertainer as “Louis XIV meets Fred and Ginger”.


Joan Rivers' apartment
Christie’s Images Ltd. 2016

The upcoming auction in New York will encompass the breadth of the late entertainer’s exceptional and eclectic taste, including decorative arts, paintings, fine French furniture and Fabergé.

Joan Rivers' apartment
Christie’s Images Ltd. 2016

Coinciding with the live auction, extravagant costumes made by Bob Mackie, couture and personal jewelry spanning esteemed design houses such as Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels and Harry Winston, will also be sold in an online auction held on June 16th to 23rd.

With more than 200 lots offered in the live sale on June 22nd and approximately 80 lots in the online auction, estimates will range from $500 up to $200,000. Among the personal objects, which reflect Joan’s connoisseurship of fine and decorative arts and her sense of wit and humour, include a beautiful Edouard Vuillard painting, Dans L’Atelier, painted circa 1915, a jewelled nephrite study of a Lily of the Valley leaf by Fabergé, and a silver Tiffany & Co. water bowl engraved ‘for Spike’.

The comedienne’s daughter, Melissa Rivers, said, “The sale at Christie’s this June offers a ‘through the keyhole’ experience for fans across the globe to see and buy items from my mother’s amazing Manhattan penthouse. The auction celebrates her elegance and collecting style.”

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