Jackie Collins sale: best-selling author's jewels and art go under the hammer

Jackie Collins
The estate of best-selling author Jackie Collins is to be auctioned in a two-day sale at Bonhams, Los Angeles Credit: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

In her novels, Jackie Collins created a world of glamorous women dripping with diamonds, of luxury homes decked out with Art Deco flourishes and “real art on the walls”.

A sale of the best-selling author’s estate, two years after she died, will reveal how closely her own lifestyle mirrored that of her fabulous heroines.

Collins’ jewels, antiques and art will go under the hammer at Bonhams in Los Angeles on May 16-17. Admirers will be able to snap up many of the treasures that adorned her Beverly Hills home.

When Collins wrote in Hollywood Wives of a woman sporting “a gulls-egg diamond ring on her left hand which could lay a burglar out for a week and a half”, she could have been describing the six-carat solitaire which can be yours for $100,000-150,000.

A six-carat diamond is one of the star lots in the Jackie Collins sale

Lucky Santangelo, the beautiful mobster’s daughter who became Collins’ most famous character, loved the Cartier panther - as did Collins, who owned a gold torque collar ($7,000-9,000). She was also partial to animal print, and a faux-leopard three-piece suite is included in the sale ($2,000-3,000).  

One book, Dangerous Kiss, describes an apartment “all pale beige and marble, with huge Moroccan pillows scattered across the floor, oversized coffee tables, Tiffany lamps and real art on the walls”.

Collins’ home certainly fit that description: a 22,000-square-foot mansion with eight bedrooms and 15 bathrooms. The pool was built to her specification: “I’d always wanted the Hockney painting A Bigger Splash,” she once explained.

“But I could never get it. So I thought the best alternative was to have my own Hockney pool that looked like the painting.”

She was once photographed sitting beside it, pen in hand, in the company of a jaguar.

Jackie Collins was a fan of animal print, including this faux-animal skin three-piece salon suite

But the London-born author and younger sister of Dame Joan was also famously down-to-earth, inviting friends over for shepherd’s pie suppers and poking fun at the surgically-enhanced residents of Beverly Hills.

She was a fan of the artist Beryl Cook, whose trademark “fat ladies” were a world away from the characters in Collins’ novels.

There are two Cook paintings in the sale, Tango in Bar Sur and Train Station Cafe, each expected to fetch $20,000-$30,000. The collection also includes bronze figures by Josef Lorenzl, and a bronze Tiffany lamp.

Train Station Cafe, one of two Beryl Cook paintings in the collection

The estate is being sold by the author’s three daughters, Tracy, Rory and Tiffany, who said: “Our mother never did anything in small measures. She was passionate about collecting, and spent many decades selecting paintings, statuettes and jewellery which brought her joy and creative inspiration.”

Her youngest daughter, Rory, said of her mother: “She will always be remembered for her simple and classic personal style, which was the ideal canvas for her glamorous jewellery - bold, bright and daring. Just like her.”

A collection of jewellery offered in Jackie Collins: A Life In Chapters

A portion of proceeds from the sale, which is entitled Jackie Collins: A Life in Chapters, will be donated to projects that support the empowerment of young women in the arts and education.

Collins died from breast cancer in 2015, aged 77. The sale will offer fans the opportunity to bid for a group of 29 first editions of her novels, rebound for her in white and dark green calf gilt, which carry an estimate of $2,000.

The sale will include 29 Jackie Collins first editions

 Leslie Wright, vice-president of Bonhams, said: "A Life in Chapters celebrates the phenomenal career and times of this stylist 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.

"Her books were loved by millions of readers worldwide. This is their chance to own a piece of the magic."

The living room of Jackie Collins' Art Deco-inspired home in Beverly Hills