Joan Crawford’s Raymond Yard Suite Sells for $250K

AuctionsMay 04, 2022

Joan Crawford’s Raymond Yard Suite Sells for $250K

The yellow gold and citrine suite soared past estimates at Heritage Auctions’ spring jewelry sale.

This gold and citrine jewelry suite belonging to actress Joan Crawford sold for $250,000 at Heritage Auctions’ “Spring Fine Jewelry” sale. (Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions,
Dallas—Jewelry from Hollywood legends Joan Crawford and Mitzi Gaynor stole the show at Heritage Auctions’ “Spring Fine Jewelry” sale.

Crawford appeared in dozens of films from the 1920s to the 1970s, winning an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the 1946 film “Mildred Pierce.”

A yellow gold and citrine suite, worn in the 1941 film “When Ladies Meet” and in a print ad for Royal Crown Cola, was among the actress’ pieces that hit the auction block.

The necklace, brooch, and bracelet were commissioned from Raymond Yard, the iconic American jeweler known for his Art Deco designs.

Crawford’s suite kept the auctioneer on his toes, with bids streaming in from phone and online buyers.

Ultimately, it sold for $250,000, flying past its estimate of $15,000 to $20,000 and making it the second highest-grossing lot in the auction.

“We knew the star-studded combination of Joan Crawford and Raymond Yard would be an attention-getter, but we were beyond thrilled with the final result,” said Jill Burgum, Heritage Auctions senior director of fine jewelry. “That was an exciting moment for the winning bidder, as well as for everyone in the auction room.”

The top lot of the auction, pictured below, was a 21.93-carat diamond and gold necklace, which sold for $300,000, exceeding its estimate of between $200,000 and $250,000.

(Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions,
(Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions,

A total of 15 jewels belonging to the actress, dancer, and singer Gaynor also were up for sale.

Gaynor starred in several movie musicals, including “There’s No Business Like Show Business” (1954), “Anything Goes” (1956), and “South Pacific” (1958).

A pair of Colombian emerald and diamond brooches owned by Gaynor sold for $45,000, within the estimated $40,000 to $60,000.

These Colombian emerald, diamond, and platinum convertible clip brooches, previously belonging to actress Mitzi Gaynor, sold for $45,000. (Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions,
These Colombian emerald, diamond, and platinum convertible clip brooches, previously belonging to actress Mitzi Gaynor, sold for $45,000. (Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions,

A Balogh sailor brooch, pictured below, a nod to her role in “South Pacific,” was also up for sale.

(Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions,
(Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions,

The brooch, set with diamonds, sapphires, and freshwater cultured pearls sold for $6,250, within its estimated $5,000 to $7,000. 

There were also several notable jewelry lots outside of the Hollywood stars’ collections.

(Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions,
(Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions,

A 19.02-carat diamond and platinum ring, pictured above, belonging to artist and businesswoman Phyllis Rubin, sold for $237,500, exceeding its estimate of $150,000 to $200,000.

Items from the estate of energy titan Cary Maguire also hit the auction block, including a 105.1-carat cushion-cut tanzanite set in a pendant.

(Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions,
(Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions,

The pendant sold for $47,500, just below its $50,000 and $70,000 estimate.

Branded jewelry from Van Cleef & Arpels, JAR, and others were also up for auction.

(Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions,
(Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions,

A Seaman Schepps Ceylon sapphire, diamond, and platinum bracelet, pictured above, was estimated to sell for between $80,000 and $100,000, but failed to find a buyer.

(Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions,
(Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions,

The Van Cleef brooch, pictured above, circa 1950, features diamonds and sapphires set in platinum and gold. It sold for $52,500, just above its $30,000-$50,000 estimate.

There were 20 pairs of earrings up for sale from designer JAR, or Joel Arthur Rosenthal.

All 20 pairs were sold for between $5,250 to $27,500.

(Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions,
(Image courtesy of Heritage Auctions,

The above earrings in gold and aluminum sold for $13,650, nearly double the high-end of its $5,000 to $7,000 estimate.

The auction brought in a total of nearly $5.4 million.

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Lenore Fedowis the associate editor, news at National Jeweler, covering the retail beat and the business side of jewelry.

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