"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).
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.