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A Life in Chapters: Bonhams LA Host Jackie Collins Estate Auction

Some of the English writer's most treasured possessions, estimating to a total of $3m, will be up for sale on May 17

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If The Stud, Lovers and Gamblers or Hollywood Wives are some of your most beloved books, you’ll be interested to know that Bonhams LA is auctioning the estate of Jackie Collins…

Jackie Collins jewellery table top

Jackie Collins’ diamond and emerald jewellery will be available for bidders to purchase

Bonhams Los Angeles have announced that on May 17 they will be auctioning the contents of Jackie Collins’ former Beverly Hills home. The event, which is rather aptly titled “A Life in Chapters”, will see the sale of over 800 lots, including everything from Art Deco furniture to 20th century paintings and fine jewellery. Collins is remembered as a passionate collector and spent decades acquiring these items for pleasure, surrounding herself in the grandeur that was ever-present in her novels.

Vice president of Bonhams, Leslie Wright, says “A Life in Chapters celebrates the phenomenal career and times of this stylish and glamorous woman. Jackie Collins lived the lifestyle about which she wrote, and the sale will provide an exclusive insight into the real woman behind her unforgettable characters”.

With a 6.04 carat diamond ring up for grabs, as well as Harry Winston watches and Jackie’s bespoke 2002 Jaguar sports car, the two-day auction will most definitely be full of Hollywood Wives (and doting, married men) who are eager to own a small part of the best-selling author’s legacy. There will also be a selection of first edition works available to buy, sure to take pride of place on any avid fan’s bookshelf.

Jackie Collins Jaguar

Jackie’s bespoke 2002 Jaguar XKR sports car

“A Life in Chapters” hopes to fund more female influences like Jackie Collins, who ended up selling more than 500 million novels throughout her 47 year career, by donating a portion of all auction proceeds to empowering young women in the arts and education.

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