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Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s gold judicial collar, gavel among items auctioned to raise more than $500K

The gavel banged again for late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

An online auction commemorating the two year anniversary of the Brooklyn native’s death that ended Friday night brought in $517,000 for SOS Children’s Villages, the worldwide organization where Ginsburg’s daughter is an advisor.

Items sold included a gold judicial collar made from glass beads, which brought in $176,775, a gavel, which fetched $20,400, and two pairs of gloves that collected nearly $30,000. A shawl worn by Ginsburg sold for more than $12,000 and a pair of opera glass she’d owned went for $10,837.50.

The event was hosted by Bonhams. That London-based auction house also presided over a $2.7 million selling of the respected jurist and former Rutgers instructor’s book collection. An auction in April sold $800,000 in items formerly belonging to Ginsburg to the highest bidders.

“I’ve had it all in the course of my life, but at different times,” Ginsburg told the New York Times in a 2015 interview.

Ginsburg, a President Bill Clinton appointee, was 87 when she died on Sept. 18, 2020 after serving on the bench for 27 years.

Many items belonging to Ginsburg were donated by her family to the Smithsonian after she died in her Washington D.C. home from complications due to pancreatic cancer.

Conservative judge Amy Coney Barrett succeeded the liberal justice on the nation’s highest court. Ginsburg, often referred to by her initials “RBG,” is remembered as an icon, having been played by comic Kate McKinnon on “Saturday Night Live.” T-shirts, bobblehead dolls and action figures have been modeled in her image.

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