New York City, New York – An auction brought in a total of $176,775 for the purchase of the gold judicial collar made of glass beads that had belonged to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
The item was included in a collection of roughly 75 of Ginsburg’s other belongings that were put up for auction for the benefit of a charitable organization. At the conclusion of the online auction on Friday, buyers had shelled out close to $517,000 in total for the various things up for grabs. On Sunday, we will remember the liberal icon who passed away at the age of 87 two years ago.
The highest sum paid for an item was for the judicial collar, and the sale of this item marks the first time that any of the late justice’s trademark neckwear has been offered for sale to the general public. Her ancestors gave the Smithsonian Institution a number of the most recognizable collars worn by Supreme Court justices.
Brooklyn, the borough that Ruth Bader Ginsburg was born and raised in, paid tribute to her after she passed away. Erica Byfield of NBC New York filed this report.
Other objects that were auctioned off include a gavel, which went for $20,400, a pair of opera glasses that belonged to Ginsburg, which sold for $10,837.50, and a shawl that sold for $12,750. The collar was the most expensive item at the sale. While a pair of her cream-colored lace gloves went for $12,750, a pair of her black lace gloves brought in $16,575.
Bonhams, which also ran an online auction of her books in which they brought in $2.3 million, presided over the auction and was responsible for its execution. In April, around 150 artifacts were auctioned off to earn more than $800,000 for Washington National Opera, which was one of the late justice’s hobbies. These items included works of art that Ginsburg had displayed in both her home and office.
The money made from the most recent sale will go toward establishing an endowment in honor of Ginsburg that will be donated to SOS Children’s Villages, an organization that helps disadvantaged children all over the world. Patrice Michaels, who is Ginsburg’s daughter-in-law, is a member of the advisory board for the charity.