Christie's Joan Rivers collection sale reaches $2.2m

A jewelled frame by Faberge led the auction of Joan Rivers' collection at Christie's New York on June 22.

The piece, which was originally commissioned as a gift by Queen Victoria for Queen Louise of Denmark, realised $245,000.

jewelled nephrite frame
Queen Victoria gave the frame as a gift to Queen Louise of Denmark in 1898

That's an increase of 308.3% on its $60,000 estimate.

Inscribed "Sept. 8th 1898 from V.R.I", it's a well-documented piece and has been shown at various exhibitions over the years including St Petersburg's State Hermitage Museum and London's V&A.  

This star power could be the reason behind its impressive hammer price.

Other top selling lots included a French ormolu-mounted mahogany cabinet by Francois Linke that realised $161,000.

Joan Rivers was a famous comedian and TV personality, known for her acerbic wit. She died in 2014 at the age of 81.  

Her collection included a wide range of jewellery, art and furniture. It realised a combined $2.2m.

Christie's explained prior to the sale: "Joan Rivers stood for legendary entertainment and eclectic tastes.

"From her coveted collection of pieces from Faberge, Harry Winston and Chanel to a Tiffany dog bowl and silk pagoda dog bed, the offerings from her collection show both sides of her personality: the exuberant energy and the refined connoisseur."

You can take a look at all our memorabilia for sale here.

Please sign up to our free newsletter to receive exciting news about memorabilia auctions.

Featured products

Elvis Presley Authentic Strand of Hair
Elvis Presley Authentic Strand of Hair
Sale price£399
In stock
Fidel Castro signed certificateFidel Castro Signed Certificate
Fidel Castro signed certificate
Sale price£2,995
In stock
King Henry VIII Autographed DocumentKing Henry VIII Autographed Document
King Henry VIII Autographed Document
Sale price£65,000
In stock