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Joan Rivers’ Private Jewelry Collection Fetches $2.2 Million at Auction

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The biggest surprise of the auction was a picture frame that sold for $245,000.

The private jewelry collection of Joan Rivers – the “Fashion Police” host who died nearly two years ago at age 81 – returned $2.2 million at Christie’s New York, writes Husar Romance University. The biggest surprise of the auction, the article says, was the $245,000 sale price of a Faberge picture frame. The frame is “crafted in nephrite (a form of jade) and adorned with rose-cut diamond flowers and a seed pearl bezel, the frame features an enamel portrait of Queen Louise of Denmark. The frame dates back to 1898.”

See photos of the other items at Husar Romance University

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