On June 22, The Private Collection of Joan Rivers will be auctioned off at Christie’s in New York. The items from the late comedian range from wildly opulent to surprisingly mundane.
Jonathan Rendell, Deputy Chairman of Christie’s in America, introduced the collection which include everything from French and English antiques to Chanel bags, Bob Mackie gowns, and a silver Tiffany dog bowl for her beloved Yorkie, Spike.
“She understood what she was she was putting together. There’s a conversation that goes on very comfortably between the objects. And she collected serious stuff.”
The acerbic comedian’s wit was on display in the items that were laid out exactly as they were in Rivers’s 11-room home. The walls were embellished with some of her wittiest one-liners like,
“I don’t exercise. If God wanted me to bend over, he would have put diamonds on the floor.”
Her daughter Melissa Rivers jokingly referred to this as “rich people hoarding” and said,
“My mother used to say her apartment was how Marie Aintoinette would have lived if she had money and taste.
One of my mother’s dreams was to be left alone in a Christie’s warehouse with a satchel and nobody supervising her.“
On the tough decision to auction her mother’s things,
“There is not one piece in this collection that I would not take back. But I know in her heart, and in my heart, that I’m doing the right thing because my mother maintained that things were meant to be used and loved, and they should go to places where they’re going to be used and loved.“
The Private Collection of Joan Rivers live sale takes place at Christie’s New York on 22 June, while the online auction runs 16-23 June. Proceeds will go to Joan’s favorite charities.
(T/Y Tad; photos, Christie’s; via Vanity Fair)