Barbara Walters.
Photo: Douglas Kirkland/Corbis via Getty Images

Treasures from the Collection of Barbara Walters Head to Auction

The Bonhams sale in November will feature more than 300 lots spanning art, jewelry, fashion, furniture, and decorative items

Treasures from Barbara Walters’s New York home will hit the auction block with Bonhams. Photo: Bonhams

Five months after the Manhattan apartment where late TV icon Barbara Walters lived for 30 years went on the market for $19.75 million, the contents of the lavish residence are heading to auction. It was announced this week that more than 300 lots—including works of art, design pieces, and fashion items—will hit the block with Bonhams, which is hosting a live sale on November 6 and an online sale from October 29 to November 7. The deeply personal collection—worth an estimated $8 million total—will be on view at several of the auction house’s galleries across the United States, Asia, and Europe leading up to the sales.

The Emmy-winning interviewer, who had a pioneering seven-decade career in broadcast journalism, was known for her refined taste. For instance, her Upper East Side co-op (now asking $17.75 million), was ornately decorated by the legendary “Prince of Chintz,” Mario Buatta, and featured museum-worthy artworks by the likes of John Singer Sargent. In fact, one of the top lots is a 1891 canvas by Sargent, Egyptian Woman (Coin Necklace), estimated at $1.2 to $1.8 million.

John Singer Sargent, Egyptian Woman (Coin Necklace), (1891); estimate at $1.2 to $1.8 million. Photo: Bonhams

Another headliner is Walters’s engagement ring, given to her by Merv Adelson, who she married twice. The Harry Winston stunner is centered on an emerald-cut diamond that weighs 13.84 carats and is estimated at $600,000 to $900,000. There are also Oscar de la Renta gowns, Hermès handbags, and earrings by JAR.

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Longtime New York Home of Barbara Walters Hits the Market for $19.75 Million

“Barbara Walters was a remarkable woman who conquered many milestones throughout her illustrious life,” commented Bruno Vinciguerra, CEO of Bonhams and The Bonhams Network. “We are privileged to present her collection and recognize the immense importance of preserving her legacy, ensuring that her achievements continue to inspire and captivate generations to come.”

See more of the auction items below. 

Barbara Walters’s Harry Winston platinum 13.84 carat diamond ring, estimated at $600,000–$900,000. Photo: Bonhams

Barbara Walters’s New York home. Photo: Bonhams

Maurice Brazil Prendergast (1858-1924), Franklin Park, Boston. Photo: Bonhams

A pair of JAR earrings featuring peridot, tourmaline, sapphire, and diamond. Estimate between $180,000 and $250,000. Photo: Bonhams

A framed photo of Walters from her apartment. Photo: Bonhams

Treasures from Barbara Walters’s New York home will hit the auction block with Bonhams. Photo: Bonhams

A diamond brooch estimated at $15,000 to $20,000. Photo: Bonhams

A pair of late 19th century diamond and pearl earrings; estimated at $15,000–$20,000. Photo: Bonhams

Cover: Barbara Walters.
Photo: Douglas Kirkland/Corbis via Getty Images


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