Jackie O.’s faux pearls go up for auction


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Jackie O.’s iconic style continues to be so universally revered, even her costume jewelry fetches huge bucks.
Auction house Bonhams will be auctioning off three faux pearl pieces from the late First Lady’s collection at the ‘Pioneers of Popular Culture’ sale, part of its inaugural Goodwood Vintage Festival — to be held Aug. 15 in London.

The items include a prim triple-strand faux pearl necklace worn by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis while living at the White House and on a state visit to Colombia. It comes in its original Sotheby’s box and carrying pouch, accompanied by copies of images of her wearing the bauble. It’s expected to sell for between £25,000 and £35,000 ($39,672 and $55,541.)

Bonhams will also be offering a single-strand faux pearl necklace for an estimated £15,000 to £25,000 ($23,803 to $39,672) and faux pearl-and-diamond clip-on earrings, for between and estimated £10,000 to £15,000 ($15,868 to $23,803.)
The provenance of all three pieces is quite strong — they were bought at a Sotheby’s auction, “From the Estate of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis,’ held in April 1996, and are owned by a British private collector who purchased them at the sale.


And you don’t have to be a Brit to bid. You can leave an absentee bid online or bid by phone. See the auctioneer’s How to Buy guide for all your money-parting options.

-- Emili Vesilind