The private collections of the late romance writer Jackie Collins are due to go on sale at Bonhams in Los Angeles in May 2017. Fans of the British-born, LA-based writer will no doubt be interested to attend the auction, but pawnbrokers of luxury goods should consider attending also. As well as many of the items being of a high value and quality, the provenance of having Jackie Collins’ name attached to the items will drive up their value.
The 684 lot collection consists of art, ornaments, furniture, books, cars, jewellery, clothing, and handbags, as well as other oddities. Collectors of any of these items should have a good look through the catalogue, as there’s plenty of hidden gems to be found.
Jewelry collectors have plenty to choose from
Art, jewellery, and ornaments dominate the collection; Collins was frequently pictured wearing jewellery, and it’s no secret that she admired the finer things in life. Here are a few lots to look out for among the collection if you’re a jewellery collector. The item that jumped off the page for us immediately is a diamond solitaire ring, valued at between $100,000 and $150,000. The ring consists of a pear shaped 6 karat diamond mounted on a platinum band; don’t be surprised if this one is hotly contested in the event. Its provenance means it’s likely to increase in value.
Another piece that caught our eye was a platinum, diamond encrusted Patek Philippe wristwatch. It is expected to sell for between $15,000 and $20,000. Additionally, this emerald, diamond, and platinum brooch, dated 1925 and valued at between $20,000 and $30,000 is well worth a look.
An art-heavy collection
There’s plenty of art available in the collection, leading us to ponder how Collins had enough space to display it all. We suspect that she can’t have had a bare wall in the house. It’s clear from the lots available that Collins was a huge admirer of the work of Beryl Cook, whose works feature prominently. Cook, born in Surrey, England, painted pictures of everyday life in stereotypically British settings until her death in 2008. Many of her paintings depicted Jackie Collins’ hometown, London, and it’s clear from the lots available that these are the ones Collins gravitated towards.
In a scene that will be familiar to anyone who has visited London, the Cook piece Jazz Pub depicts revellers at one of the many pubs that line the streets of the British capital. It is predicted to fetch between $12,000 and $16,000. Another piece by Cook, entitled Taxi on Curzon Street depicts revellers clambering into a famous London black cab. It has been valued at between $10,000 and $15,000.
For people who want a more Californian piece, take a look at Beryl Cook’s Café in Los Angeles, which shows the scene in an LA eatery. It is expected to fetch between $18,000 and $22,000.
Cars, books, and more
Car fans might, bizarrely, have a great find on their hands in this sale. Collins ordered a brand new Jaguar XKR in 2002, customised to her tastes with wood inlays and light brown leather. She only racked up 2,700 miles on the clock in the 13 years that she owned it, meaning that it’s likely to be one of the most pristine examples of this car available on the secondary market.
Unexpectedly, considering that Collins was a writer, there are also plenty of books up for grabs at the sale. The most notable lot is a collection of 18 first editions of Collins’ works, which is valued at between $1,000 and $1,500 for the collection.
The sale is due to take place on May 16th 2017. If you’re interested in taking part in the auction, you can have a look at all 684 of the lots.