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Joan Rivers's Collection of Art, Furniture and Fashion is Up for Sale at Christie's

Including tons of Fabergé pieces and dresses that the late comedian wore to the Golden Globes and Met Gala.
Joan Rivers at the Oscars in 2004. Photo: Carlo Allegri/Getty Images

Joan Rivers at the Oscars in 2004. Photo: Carlo Allegri/Getty Images

"My mother used to say her apartment was how Marie Aintoinette would have lived if she had money and taste," says Melissa Rivers in a video for the New York City-based Christie's, which is auctioning off a large selection of her late mother's private collection. Indeed, Joan Rivers's triplex penthouse sold for $28 million last year, according to The New York Times, and now its opulent contents — about 280 lots in total — are up for sale at a live auction on Wednesday and online through Thursday. Fans of the legendary performer can take home a piece of her maximalist style, with prices ranging from $200 to $200,000. 

What did Rivers collect, you ask? The comedian and "Fashion Police" host was an avid buyer of decorative arts — especially frames and brooches by Fabergé — as well as fine French furniture and jewelry from Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels and Harry Winston, to name just a few. Standouts include a Fabergé jeweled leaf covered in rose-cut diamond-mounted pearl buds (estimated price $200,000 to $300,000) and a Harry Winston diamond flower brooch designed by Rivers herself (estimated price $30,000 to $50,000). 

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All of the fashion pieces are available during the online sale, which includes a Michaele Vollbrach sequined and silk poncho (estimated price $2,000 to $3,000), a Halston dress and matching coat worn by Rivers to the 1998 Golden Globes (estimated price $1,500 to $2,000), a Chanel jacket worn by Rivers on "All-Star Celebrity Apprentice" in 2012 (estimated price $1,000 to $2,000) and a Vera Wang gown worn by Rivers to the Met Gala in 2001 (estimated price $700 to $900). The accessories include a whole host of Judith Leiber clutches and Chanel quilted handbags, available with minor signs of wear and way below the current market price. There is currently a $3,500 bid for three quilted handbags, which is a typical resale value for only one.

Check out the entire Rivers collection up for sale online and live Wednesday, both available to browse right now. 

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