Former first lady Jackie Kennedy remains a fashion icon to this day. Today, a bit of her history hit the auction block in Scottsdale as part of a new year's tradition for J. Levine Auctions.
A New Year's Day auction will feature pieces from Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy's French furniture collection among a variety of vintage items.
It's an annual New Year's Day tradition for J. Levine Auction and Appraisal in Scottsdale. They begin every year with hundreds of unique items and some fast talking.
"We do estate auctions every week. And whenever I run into that very special piece we hold them for this event every year," says Josh Levine.
Don't let the stern faces of the auction items fool you. For many this is a fun lively event, and you can come here and buy without losing your shirt.
Ask Jennifer Lamden about her best deal.
"It was a mink coat and I got it for $110 and when we took it to the furrier they said it was $2,500 so that was a really good deal," she says.
Lamden comes to the auction regularly with her husband David.
"It's for me the thrill of the chase, getting a good deal and less than what you'd pay normally for it. There are a lot of deals out there."
"It's become a hobby. The art, the jewelry, deals and learning about pieces, as much of a fun time it is, it's about learning about artists, learning about jewelry. It's doing it together," says David Lamden.
While dozens came today hunting for art and jewelry, others bid on line or over the phone on the 300-plus items.
Perhaps creating the most buzz today is this writing desk, chair, and side table once owned by Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. The estimated value is between $8,000 and $12,000.
"It was her writing desk and table form her apartment in Washington when she was a photographer. Most people don't realize she had a day job prior to her famous marriage," says Josh Levine.
"This is actually her writing desk and when she closed her apartment because she was getting engaged to you know who, that's where this comes from."
Jackie decided to sell the antique French ladies' writing desk, slipper chair and pink marble top side table from her apartment after she ended her engagement to John Husted in 1952.
A desk once owned by an icon is certainly not appealing to everyone, but Levine bets there is something else among their wide variety of items that might catch your eye.
"Once we get someone in the door they're hooked. It's the best way, I believe, to buy anything."
Josh Levine is a licensed auctioneer and certified appraiser with more than a decade of experience conducting auctions both in Arizona and on the East Coast.
The New Year's Day auction will be subject to a 13 percent Buyers Premium, 16 percent for Internet and 15 percent for phone bidders.
By the way, the desk sold for $3,500.
J. Levine Auction & Appraisal: www.jlevines.com