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It’s been almost two years since legendary comedian and Fashion Police host Joan Rivers died at age 81. The former late-night talk-show host was known as much for her no-bullshit commentary as her eclectic taste in fashion. Now, those who want to own a piece of Rivers’ rare belongings can bid on her private collection at Christie’s New York.
Among the items up for sale online are three Chanel quilted handbags (the bid is currently at $3,200 — a bargain considering the fashion house’s classic medium flap bag is valued at $4,900); a flamboyant sequined and silk poncho by Michael Vollbracht (current bid at $1,000); and a pair of earrings and choker necklace made of amethyst and rhinestone by New York-based designer Iradj Moini (current bid at $4,200). Designs by Bob Mackie, Halston, Vera Wang and Dolce & Gabbana, as well as jewelry pieces by Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels and Harry Winston, are also up for grabs.
UP FOR AUCTION: The sequined and silk poncho by Michaele Vollbracht. (Photo: Getty Images)
“One of my mother’s dreams was to be left alone in a Christie’s warehouse with a satchel and nobody supervising her,” daughter Melissa Rivers shares in a video posted by Christie’s as she shows off her mom’s collectibles.
Of all the pieces being sold, the younger Rivers recalled a Harry Winston pin as being the most memorable item she saw growing up.
“I remember as a child, my mom sitting and drawing it out. It started with just a few little stones and then they would get more stones and they would add and add,” says Rivers. “I would remember my mom sitting on her dressing room floor playing with it and making little pieces of paper into different shapes of stones and adding to it.”
PIN FOR THE WIN: The Harry Winston pin that Melissa Rivers is referencing. (Photo: Getty Images)
The collection will be sold in a live auction on Wednesday, and the online auction, which has already started, will run until Thursday. For more info, click here.
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