Auction of Property from the Estate of Jewelry Designer Linda Lee Johnson
Barneys New York’s First Jewelry Designer
Featured Section of the February 19 and 20, 2019 Auctions
NEW YORK, NY -- Collectors and fans of jewelry by Linda Lee Johnson (1944-2018) turned out for Doyle’s two-day auction of the Estate of Linda Lee Johnson on February 19 and 20, 2019. Property from the estate comprised 199 lots, and all 199 lots sold, with a majority selling well over their estimates.
Jewelry from the Estate of Linda Lee Johnson reflects the sculptural quality and tactile finish that are the hallmarks of her designs, exemplified by a group of high karat gold jewelry offered on February 20. Highlights included a gold Linden Leaf cuff bangle enhanced with glittering diamonds that achieved $8,750, far over its estimate of $2,000-3,000. A gold and diamond pendant of an organic coral-like design soared past its estimate of $500-700 to fetch $6,250. An elegant gold and diamond Wing of Fire pendant realized $5,000, several times its estimate of $1,000-1,500. View Lots
Highlighting property from the estate offered on February 19 was a series of group lots of amber beads that totaled a staggering $148,250. The market for amber has been soft for the past few years, yet the amber offerings in the auction attracted intense competition -- is this the start of a new trend? Read More About the Sales Results
Linda Lee Johnson
A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Linda Lee Johnson embarked upon a career in acting and was a founding member of the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. She later moved to the east coast, where she had a successful career on the New York stage and in regional theater.
An accomplished sculptor, Johnson studied jewelry making in the 1980s, and her creations were initially sold by Tiffany & Co. In 1989, she partnered with Barney’s and introduced the store’s first jewelry collection.
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