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
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.
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.
“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.