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The Surprising, Precious Antiques in Joan Rivers's Estate Sale

The bawdy comedienne collected jewels from Fabergé, as well as extremely valuable French furniture.
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Source: Christie's

Comedian Joan Rivers famously described her opulent, Horace Trumbauer-designed apartment on Manhattan's Upper East Side as “how Marie Antoinette would have lived if she had money.”

But a comparison to Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna might have been more apt: Rivers was a passionate collector of Fabergé, the jeweler favored by the last imperial court in Russia, and acquired dozens of pieces with her husband over the course of several decades.