Bonhams auction reveals Jackie Collins’ passion for collecting

Art deco sculpture, Beryl Cook paintings and unique pieces of jewellery belonging to the late author go under the hammer this week

Solitaire ring, estimate $100,000-$150,000
Solitaire ring, estimate $100,000-$150,000

Fine art, sculpture and jewellery will be among the 1,000-plus lots when the Beverly Hills estate of the late Jackie Collins goes under the hammer at Bonhams Los Angeles on May 16 and 17.

Panther brooch, $1,000-$2,000
Panther brooch, $1,000-$2,000

“The auction celebrates the life and phenomenal career of this stylish and glamorous woman,” says Bonhams’ vice president Leslie Wright. “Jackie Collins lived the lifestyle she wrote about, and the sale will provide an insight into the real woman behind her unforgettable characters. Her books were loved by millions of readers worldwide. This is their chance to own a piece of the magic.”

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Items for sale will include jewellery such as a solitaire ring with a pear-shaped diamond (estimate $100,000-$150,000); an art deco diamond, emerald and platinum necklace ($40,000-$60,000); a diamond, emerald, enamel and 18ct gold panther brooch ($1,000-$2,000); signed pieces by Cartier and Nardi; and watches by Patek Philippe, Harry Winston, Chanel and Chopard.

Josef Lorenzl figure, $20,000-$30,000
Josef Lorenzl figure, $20,000-$30,000

Collins – the author of Hollywood Wives, the Lucky Santangelo series and The World is Full of Married Men – was a keen collector of art deco sculpture, such as a painted and silvered bronze and onyx figure of a scarf dancer by Josef Lorenzl ($20,000-$30,000), and also of paintings, including, perhaps surprisingly, pieces by Beryl Cook (one, Tango in Bar Sur, is estimated at $18,000-$22,000).

Tango In Bar Sur by Beryl Cook, $18,000-$22,000
Tango In Bar Sur by Beryl Cook, $18,000-$22,000

“Our mother never did anything in small measures,” her daughters Tracy, Rory and Tiffany said in a joint statement. “She was passionate about collecting, and spent many decades selecting paintings, statuettes and jewellery, which brought her joy and creative inspiration. She had a unique and extraordinary eye for a design and aesthetic that combined elegance and glamour with humour and warmth.”

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A portion of the auction’s proceeds will go towards supporting young women in the arts and education.

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