Items from late comedian Joan Rivers' New York home up for auction

Tue Mar 8, 2016 7:05am EST
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Fans of the late Joan Rivers will have the chance to buy items from the acerbic comedian's New York home at an auction later this year, auctioneers Christie's said on Tuesday.

Pieces of art, jewelry, furniture and clothing will be among the 200-plus lots from Rivers' Manhattan penthouse on sale June 22, with starting bids from $500 to $200,000.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale will go to two charities, one to aid people living with AIDS and cancer, and the other to benefit guide dogs for the blind, Christie's said.

Rivers, known for her no-holds-barred comedy, died in 2014 aged 81 following complications during an outpatient medical procedure. Her estate was left to her daughter Melissa Rivers, who memorialized her relationship with her mother in last year's biography "The Book of Joan."

Melissa Rivers said in a statement that the auction "offers a 'through the keyhole' experience for fans" of her mother, and "celebrates her elegance and collecting style."

Highlights of the sale include a Faberge jeweled lily of the valley leaf piece starting from $200,000, a 1915 painting by French artist Edouard Vuillard starting at $120,000 and custom gowns made by Bob Mackie.

"My mother's legacy as a much loved comedienne and philanthropist will be commemorated in this collaboration with Christie's and her generosity to charitable causes is something I will continue in her honor," Melissa Rivers said.

(Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)

Comedian Joan Rivers arrives for the premiere of the documentary "Joan Rivers - A Piece Of Work" during the 2010 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah January 25, 2010.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson