Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s auction brings in nearly $517,000

A gold beaded court collar belonging to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was auctioned for $176,775.

The piece was part of a collection of about 75 items owned by Ginsburg that were sold for charity. In total, bidders paid nearly $517,000 for items in the online auction, which ended Friday. Sunday marks the two-year anniversary of the death of the liberal icon at the age of 87.

The court collar was the item with the highest purchase price, and its sale marks the first time that one of the late judge’s signature ties has been offered for sale. Her family donated some of the most well-known judges’ collars to the Smithsonian.

In addition to the choker, other items were auctioned: a gavel that sold for $20,400, a pair of Ginsburg’s opera glasses that sold for $10,837.50, and a scarf that sold for $12,750. A pair of her black lace gloves sold for $16,575, while an off-white pair sold for $12,750.

The auction was conducted by Bonhams, who also held an online auction of their books that raised $2.3 million. In April, some 150 items — including Ginsburg’s art on display at her home and office — raised more than $800,000 for the Washington National Opera, one of the late Justice’s passions.

Proceeds from the latest sale will fund a foundation in Ginsburg’s honor that will benefit SOS Children’s Villages, an organization that supports vulnerable children around the world. Ginsburg’s daughter-in-law, Patrice Michaels, is on the organization’s advisory board. Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s auction brings in nearly $517,000


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