Wednesday 26 July 2017

Jackie Collins's estate fetches £2.6m - including £145,000 for diamond ring

The British scribe’s “champagne” Jaguar sold for £33,800 at the auction by Bonhams in Los Angeles.

By Kerri-Ann Roper

An auction of Jackie Collins’s estate fetched nearly 3.4 million dollars (£2.6 million), with her huge diamond ring being sold for 187,500 dollars (£145,000).

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 43,800 dollars (£33,800).

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The six-carat diamond and platinum ring was among her jewellery collection which amassed 2.1 million dollars (£1.6 million) 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.”

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Collins’s diamond and 14-carat gold collar fetched 65,000 dollars (£50,000) while one of her paintings by British artist Beryl Cook sold for 27,500 dollars (£21,200).

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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