A gold judicial collar made of glass beads that belonged to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Sold at auction for $176,775.
The piece was part of Ginsburg’s collection of approximately 75 items that were sold for the benefit of charity. In all, bidders paid about $517,000 for the items in the online auction that ended Friday. Sunday marks the two-year anniversary of the liberal icon’s death at 87.
The Justice Collar was the item with the highest purchase price, and its sale marks the first time a late Justice’s signature neckwear is available for purchase. Her family donated some of the judge’s most famous collars to the Smithsonian.
In addition to the collar, other items auctioned include: a gavel that sold for $20,400, a pair of Ginsberg’s opera glasses that sold for $10,837.50, and a shawl that sold for $12,750. A pair of her black lace gloves sold for $16,575, while a cream pair sold for $12,750.
The auction was organized by Bonhams, which also conducted an online auction of his books which brought in $2.3 million. In April, about 150 items — including art ginsburg Exhibited in her home and office—raised more than $800,000 for the Washington National Opera, one of justice’s obsessions of late.
Proceeds from the latest sale will fund an endowment in Ginsburg’s honor benefiting SOS Children’s Village, an organization that supports vulnerable children around the world. Ginsberg’s daughter-in-law, Patrice Michaels, is on the organization’s advisory board.