There’s nothing a like a women scorned. When billionaire financier and Revlon chairman, Ron Perlman underhandedly filed for divorce from actress Ellen Barkin after 6 years of marriage last January she wasn’t going to take it lightly. What’s a woman to do? Unload her vast jewelry collection at Christie’s in New York. Last night Barkin made $20,369,200 (well above the $15 million estimate) for 100 pieces of jewelry given to her by her soon-to-be ex.
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MAGNIFICENT JEWELS FROM THE PERSONAL COLLECTION OF ELLEN BARKIN featured a wide range of pieces that represented the very best in the history of jewelry design. There were Antique, Belle Époque, and Art Deco jewels, as well as fine examples of modern designs. Her collection included pieces from many of the most well-known names in jewelry including Buccellati, Bulgari, Cartier, Fred Leighton, JAR, Schlumberger, Tiffany & Co., and Van Cleef & Arpels.
Christie’s staffers had to put out additional chairs for the vast crowd, many of whom were struck by the media blitz of the sale generated by Barkin’s team and by the 17 pieces of JAR jewelry that went up for sale. A JAR diamond ring that was estimated to fetch $800,000 to $1.2 million was bought for $1.6 million, while Leighton lost out on a two-strand ruby bead and diamond sautoir for $375,000, but managed to nab a single-strand emerald bead and diamond necklace earlier for $400,000.
Source: WWD and The New York Times