Barkin's Jewellery Fetches $20 Million
A collection of jewellery belonging to actress Ellen Barkin fetched $20.3 million (GBP11.3 million) at a New York City auction on Tuesday (10OCT06). The 108 lots for sale included Barkin's wedding ring from her marriage to ex-husband Ron Perelman - which collected $138,000 (GBP77,000) at Christie's auction house - and diamond rings, necklaces and earrings from jewellers including Bulgari, Cartier, Tiffany and Van Cleef and Arpels. A single 22.76-carat diamond ring was the most expensive lot, bought for $1.8 million (GBP1 million) by an American collector. RAHUL KADAKIA, head of Christie's jewellery department, says the $20.3 million haul "makes Ellen Barkin's collection the highest single-owner jewellery sale of the past 15 years in the US and also places it among the top four ever worldwide." The Sea Of Love star wed Perelman in 2000 and they divorced earlier this year (06).