Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Iconic Collar Up for Auction
A RUTH BADER GINSBURG BEADED JUDICIAL COLLAR.
A beaded collar necklace featuring round gilt glass beads in a woven design. Length: 355 mm; width: 32 to 57 mm. View Bonhams
"In 2009, Ruth Bader Ginsburg explained to the Washington Post the sartorial challenges of being one of the first two women on the United States Supreme Court: "The standard robe is made for a man because it has a place for the shirt to show, and the tie. [Justice O'Connor and I] thought it would be appropriate if we included as part of our robe something typical of a woman." Credit Bonhams
"Jackie Kennedy had her pearls. Elizabeth Taylor had her…everything and then some. But of all the iconic neckwear, Ruth Bader Ginsburg with her judicial collars created a signature style that is now up for auction.
In aBonhams online auctionstarting Sept. 7, 2022 and going through Sept. 16, 2022 one of RBG’s most recognizable collars are available for sale, the auction house said in a statement. The auction will include nearly 100 personal items of the former U.S. Supreme Court justice, beloved by many for her intellect, values, and unique collars.
Ginsburg’s family said the proceeds from this auction will serve as the foundation for theRBG Endowment Fund, a charitable fund that will go toSOS Children’s Villages, the world’s largest organization “dedicated to caring for children without parental care or who are at risk of losing it.”
A previous auction of RBG’s personal library broke its initial sales estimates, Bonhams said, reaching $2.35 million in total and bringing in more bidders than any other online auction in the company’s history.
The Bonhams auction of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s items also includes this pair of cream cotton fishnet gloves with a knitted floral pattern on the back of the hand.
"Ginsburg wore her collars as part of the judicial robes for most of her career, including during her 27 years of service on the U.S. Supreme Court. Bonhams said her family and friends have donated most of her other collars to major museums.
This auction includes abeaded gilt collar, estimated to sell between $3,000 and $5,000, Bonhams said. Other fashion pieces included in this auction are a pair of black gloves and a pair of cream gloves, both estimated to sell for between $1,000 and $2,000. A Nepalese embroidered shawl Ginsburg wore frequently also is available for an estimate of $1,500–$2,500."
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