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Author Joan Didion fans pay thousands of dollars to buy her sunglasses, photos and writing desk at auction for her gadgets



To be fair, Joan Didion’s food cravings are at an all-time high. The sunglasses the writer modeled for in the 2015 Celine ad campaign sold for $27,000 on November 16 in an online and phone auction held by Stair Galleries in Hudson, New York. .

Didion wore turtle shell sunglasses as she sat in a chair in her Upper East Side Manhattan apartment, wearing a black shirt and large gold pendant. Initial shades are listed with an estimated price of just $400 to $800.

They’re not the only ones that far exceed their price estimates in Didion real estate sale, was heavily advertised nationwide for a month; Public previews were held for a week prior to the sale.

Two colors black and white photo of Didion with her Corvette Stingray selling for $24,000 and $26,000 respectively, excluding the 28% buyer premium. That’s more than you’d spend on a real Chevrolet Corvette these days.

Taken by Julian Wasser shortly after Didion’s was published Going towards Bethlehem In 1968, the popular series was filmed at her rented home on Franklin Avenue in Hollywood, California, where she lived with writer John Dunne and their daughter, Quintana Roo. The photos were originally listed for an estimated $1,500 to $3,000 each.

Huge walnut, oak and maple desk that Didion’s parents owned sold for $60,000, about six times the original estimate of $8,000 to $12,000. A large stack of Didion’s published books, including running river and a first edition of White Albumsell to $15,000, 15 times the original estimate. Her small Cartier desk clock is on sale for $35,000 after a low estimate of $100. It doesn’t even keep time.

A Victorian rattan armchair with blue-and-white seat cushions that Didion has in her homes in California and New York is estimated to be worth $700; it is sold to 28,000 USD. Even a husband nondescript seashells adorned Didion’s house won an ungodly sum. Listed with a low estimate of $100, they sell for $7,000.

As of the time of writing, Stair is on lot 168 out of 244, so you still have a chance to get your hands on Didion’s leather trash can and silver salt stew if you consider yourself a fan.

Such prices are high but not surprising for celebrity sales at the height of their fame, as even mundane items evoke the soul of the deceased for those with the money to buy them. . ( Didion passed away on December 23, 2021.)

In 1988, Andy Warhol’s cookie jars sold for $247,830. In 1996, an auction for Jackie Kennedy Memorabilia earned more than $34 million for jewelry, photos and personal items like her 1992 green BMW 325i four-door sedan. The car only fetched $70,000, but she old oak rocking chair sold for $453,500 after listing with pre-sale estimates of only $3,000 to $5,000.

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