A selection of jewels from the collection of screen, stage and literary star Dame Joan Collins will form part of the London Jewels sale at Bonhams, on Thursday 12 November 2020. The five pieces offered encompass her inimitable style and glamour, providing a glimpse into the extraordinary career and life of the actress and author.
Part of the proceeds from the sale of these jewels will go to The Shooting Star Children’s Hospice, the leading children’s hospice charity which cares for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families, of which Dame Joan is a patron. In 1997, she was awarded an OBE for her services to the arts and in 2015 was made a DBE for her lifetime contribution to charitable causes. Dame Joan is passionately committed to many charitable organizations with a particular focus on women, children and the family unit.
One of the most valuable pieces of jewellery in the sale is A Diamond Necklace, estimate £50,000 – 70,000 (US$65,000 – 91,000), which was purchased in 1985 during the heyday of the Dynasty series which saw Dame Joan play the legendary character Alexis Carrington Colby. This is arguably her most celebrated role, which won her a Golden Globe and many other awards in the 1980s. During this time, viewers around the world tuned in every week to witness the elaborate schemes Alexis orchestrated, all the while looking a million dollars.
Dame Joan Collins wearing the diamond necklace. Image courtesy of Dame Joan Collins.
The necklace is designed as a graduated series of brilliant and marquise-cut diamonds, with a scrolling ribbon of step-cut diamonds. The total diamond weight is approximately 60.50 carats.
“The fabulous thing about jewellery is how extraordinary it makes you feel – these pieces of jewellery have brought me so much joy over the years and I felt it was time for others to experience this. I am also delighted to support The Shooting Star Children’s Hospice through part of the proceeds of the lots – the charity is vitally important, and it is an honour to be able to support it,” says Dame Joan Collins.
Dame Joan Collins wearing A Diamond Necklace, with Nicky Haslam. Copyright Richard Young.