Tuesday 25 July 2017

Jackie Collins' estate fetches €3m - including €170,000 for diamond ring

Author Jackie Collins at her multimillion dollar house (Photo By Paul Harris/Getty Images)
Author Jackie Collins at her multimillion dollar house (Photo By Paul Harris/Getty Images)
Author Jackie Collins in the entrance foyer of her Beverly Hills home, which she says she designed herself. (Photo by Iris Schneider/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Actress Joan Collins (right) and writer Jackie Collins arrive at the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California, in this February 22, 2015. Reuters/Danny Moloshok/Files
The late best-selling author Jackie Collins poses with her fiancee Frank Calcagini at her Beverly Hills home March 21, 1998. (Photo by Paul Harris/Online USA)

Kerri-Ann Roper

An auction of Jackie Collins’s estate fetched nearly €3 million, with her huge diamond ring being sold for over €170,000.

The late British writer’s “champagne-coloured” 2002 Jaguar XKR with the personalised number plate “LUCKY77″, in a tribute to her character Lucky Santiago, was bought for over €39,000.

The six-carat diamond and platinum ring was among her jewellery collection which amassed more than €1.8m on Wednesday at the auction of the contents of her Beverly Hills home.

Collins, who sold more than 500 million novels in more than 40 countries, died from breast cancer aged 77 in 2015.

After the auction closed, daughters Tracy, Tiffany and Rory said in a statement: “Our mother would have been delighted that her much-cherished collections of art, antiques and jewellery have found new homes and that her legacy lives on all around the world.”

Collins’s diamond and 14-carat gold collar fetched €58,000 while one of her paintings by British artist Beryl Cook sold for €25,000.

Actress Joan Collins (right) and writer Jackie Collins arrive at the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California, in this February 22, 2015. Reuters/Danny Moloshok/Files
Actress Joan Collins (right) and writer Jackie Collins arrive at the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California, in this February 22, 2015. Reuters/Danny Moloshok/Files

Furniture, statues and desks where she wrote her novels were also sold to the highest bidders during the two-day sale.

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