Hundreds of items from the late Joan Rivers NYC apartment up for auction in June 2016

A year and a half after she died, the late great Joan Rivers still has an estate and a NYC penthouse apartment, and hundreds of items from her estate will come up for auction this summer.

Christies will host “The Private Collection of Joan Rivers” from June 16-23, 2016, with a live sale on June 22. A portion of the proceeds will benefit both God’s Love We Deliver and Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Joan’s daughter, Melissa Rivers, said on Tuesday: “My mother’s legacy as a much loved comedienne and philanthropist will be commemorated in this collaboration with Christie’s and her generosity to charitable causes is something I will continue in her honor.”

Here’s the official description from Christies:

This upcoming auction in New York will encompass the breadth of the late entertainer’s exceptional and eclectic taste, including decorative arts, paintings, fine French furniture and Fabergé. Coinciding with the live auction, extravagant costumes made by Bob Mackie, couture and personal jewelry spanning esteemed design houses such as Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels and Harry Winston, will also be sold in an online auction held on June 16–23.

With more than 200 lots offered in the live sale on June 22 and approximately 80 lots in the online auction, estimates will range from $500 up to $200,000. Among the personal objects, which reflect Joan’s connoisseurship of fine and decorative arts and her sense of wit and humour, include a beautiful Edouard Vuillard painting, Dans L’Atelier, painted circa 1915, a jewelled nephrite study of a Lily of the Valley leaf by Fabergé, and a silver Tiffany & Co. water bowl engraved ‘for Spike’.

Fans saw the inside of Joan’s home through the 2010 documentary, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, as well as the WEtv series, Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best, which aired from 2011-2014. Rivers died in 2014 from complications in plastic surgery. She was 81.

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