Known for steamy romance novels such as The World is Full of Married Men (1968) and Hollywood Wives (1983), the late English author Jackie Collins was also famed for her predilection for art and jewellery. Come 16 and 17 May, her fans will get the chance to own a piece of her lavish collection when her US$3 million (S$4.2 million) Beverly Hills estate goes under the hammer at a Bonhams sale.
Titled Jackie Collins – A Life in Chapters, the auction is held in Los Angeles and presents 1,000 lots spanning sculptures, fine art, jewellery and watches. Highlights include works by English painter Beryl Cook, luxury timepieces from Chopard and Patek Philippe, and Collins’ bespoke special edition 2002 Jaguar XKR Sportscar — a sleek ride finished in metallic gold and estimated to fetch between US$15,000 and US$20,000 (S$21,000 and S$28,000). Signed jewels from the likes of Cartier and Nardi, will also be auctioned off during the two-day sale.
From a dazzling 6.04-carat diamond ring, to an Art Deco necklace set with diamonds and emeralds, here are 6 of our top picks from Collins’ beautiful repertoire of jewels.
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This stunning platinum ring is bedecked with a 6.04-carat pear-shaped diamond, and crafted with tapered baguette cut diamonds along its shoulders. It is expected to fetch between S$140,000 and S$210,000.
This resplendent statement jewel features a central emerald and diamond-encrusted plaque, which is attached to a pendant covered in more sparklers and decorated with calibre green stone accents. On the sides of the central portion are two shield-shaped plaques, which are festooned with (again) diamonds and emeralds. The necklace is linked together by geometric details, and its diamonds are estimated to weigh 44 carats altogether. It carries a French assay mark, and is expected to achieve between S$56,000 and S$84,000.
Collins clearly had a penchant for Art Deco jewels. This ornate bracelet showcases a 2.85-carat collet-set old oval cut diamond, which is connected to a row of black onyx squares. The onyx is in turn flanked by rows of diamonds on the top and bottom. This elegant beauty is priced between S$9,800 and S$13,000.