Author Joan Didion’s estate sale is headed to auction via Stair Galleries, where a selection of items belonging to the famed writer are currently on view.

On November 16, the Hudson, New York-based auction house will sell a 224-item catalogue of Didion’s art collection, books, furniture, and fashion. The catalogue is currently available to peruse online — and diehard Didion devotees can visit Stair Galleries for an in-person look at select treasures through November 15.

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So, what’s on the table? Highlights include an Annie Leibovitz-lensed portrait of Didion and her daughter, Quintana Roo Dunne; Didion’s collection of pebbles and shells; a Cartier desk clock; a Loro Piana shawl and throw blanket; and two sets of Limoges porcelain.

For fans of Didion’s style, the crown jewel of the sale is a pair of CELINE sunglasses. Oversized shades were a hallmark of Didion’s wardrobe — so much so that the literary icon sported them in a 2015 campaign for CELINE, which quickly went viral.




Didion’s tortoiseshell CELINE shades are estimated to sell between $400 and $800. Bids are currently at $1,700, a figure sure to skyrocket as the day of the auction approaches.

Also from Didion’s eyewear collection: a “miscellaneous group of eyewear,” which includes two pairs by Bottega Veneta.

According to a recent feature on the estate sale, the least-expensive lot is a set of blank notebooks estimated to go for anywhere between $100 and $200. The most valuable is a Richard Diebenkorn lithograph, expected to fetch as much as $70,000.

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