Joan Rivers loved the finer things in life. “People say that money is not the key to happiness,” she once remarked. “But I always figured if you have enough money, you can have a key made.” The legendary comedian, who passed away September 4, 2014, was brash and, at least in her later years, never bereft of luxury. Rivers was all kinds of acerbic wit wrapped up in Chanel, living in an ornate 5,100-square-foot penthouse on the Upper East Side. She furiously paved the way for female comedians and luxuriated like Marie Antoinette, and she didn’t give one of her famous bird flips about what anyone thought about that—it’s her ostentatiousness, inside and out, that made her so damn great.
Now anyone can own a piece of Rivers’s glamorous life, as Christie’s is auctioning a selection of more than 200 items from her home and personal collection until June 23, with a live event on June 22. Aside from the exquisite clothing and jewelry, the sale will also include art (an Édouard Vuillard painting with an estimated worth of $120,000 to $180,000), rare Fabergé, and fine French furniture. There will also be a small silver Cartier shopping bag model inscribed “Joan’s Trash Bag” and a silver bookmark with “Fell Asleep Here.” Hilarity mixed with extravagance is the lady we all knew and loved and laughed at endlessly.
Below, an exclusive first look at some of the auction pieces from Joan Rivers’s unapologetically sumptuous home.