Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s auction brings in nearly $517,000

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg is seen on stage during the Women’s Conference on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 in Long Beach, Calif. A collection of nearly 100 items is being sold in an online auction that begins Wednesday, September 7. 2022, and runs through September 16, including a pair of black gloves belonging to Ginsburg. It ends just before the second anniversary of Ginsburg’s death at age 87. Proceeds will benefit SOS Children’s Villages, an organization that supports vulnerable children around the world.

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A gold judicial necklace made of glass beads that belonged to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been auctioned for $176,775.

The piece was part of a collection of approximately 75 Ginsburg items that were sold to benefit charity. In total, bidders paid nearly $517,000 for items in the online auction that ended Friday. Sunday marks the second anniversary of the liberal icon’s death at 87.

The judicial collar was the item with the highest purchase price, and its sale marks the first time that one of the late judge’s iconic neckties has been available for purchase. His family donated some of the judges’ best-known necklaces to the Smithsonian.

In addition to the necklace, other items up for auction included: a hammer which sold for $20,400, a pair of Ginsburg’s opera glasses which sold for $10,837.50 and a shawl which sold for $20,400. is 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 conducted by Bonhams, which also held an online auction of his books that brought in $2.3 million. In April, some 150 items — including Ginsburg artwork displayed in her home and office — raised more than $800,000 for the Washington National Opera, one of the late judge’s passions.

Proceeds from the latest sale will fund an endowment in Ginsburg’s honor to benefit SOS Children’s Villages, an organization that supports vulnerable children around the world. Ginsburg’s daughter-in-law, Patrice Michaels, serves on the organization’s advisory board.

Luz W. German