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Recapping the Auction of Joan Rivers's Effects, Including a $14K Dog Bowl

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The late, great comedian's furniture, jewelry, and dog accessories were up for auction

Christie’s held its auction of Joan Rivers’s personal collection yesterday, and as expected, it got quite a turnout. The auction’s more than 200 items netted, all told, $2.2 million, with the proceeds going to God’s Love We Deliver (one of the late comedian’s charities of choice), as well as her family.

And considering the breadth of the collection—which included 19th-century antiques, elaborate outfits, and ridiculously expensive dog accessories—it’s no surprise that there were plenty of big-ticket items.

Here are some of the more ridiculous sales:

  • The most expensive item was a Fabergé picture frame from the turn of the 20th century, made of gold and nephrite; it went for $245,000.
  • The least expensive item sold was a set of stemware and sorbet cups (why for sorbet specifically? who know!), which went for an almost reasonable $625.
  • A silver Tiffany & Co. dog bowl engraved with the name "Spike" fetched (lol) $13,750 … and it was expected to go for $500–$800. Whoa.
  • More dog stuff! "A celadon silk and passementerie upholstered dog house"—with a pagoda roof, because why not—sold for $2,250, and four stoneware pup figurines (pictured below) netted $2,750 altogether.
  • A set of turquoise monogrammed dinner plates that were a gift from actor Vincent Price nabbed $3,000.
  • Rivers’s rather lovely desk, made from yewwood, netted $12,500, while a set of desk accessories—including a blotter, magnifying glass, and a snuff box also engraved with "Spike"—went for $4,750.
  • This Cruella DeVille-esque feather coat, with the E! logo hidden in its lining (yes, really), went for $9,375. Perhaps the buyer also purchased a bejeweled Judith Lieber clutch, with crystals inlaid to look like the Empire State and Chrysler buildings, which also netted $9,375.
  • Two Louis XVI-style candelabra from the 19th century went for $7,500; a pair of more modern lucite lamps fetched $2,125.

You can see the full list of lots and their sale prices here.