Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s personal memorabilia up for auction


More than 150 personal items and works of art that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg kept at her Washington residence and in the chambers of the Supreme Court are up for auction.

The Potomack Company auction house in Alexandria, Virginia, catalogs open this month for the items, which include ceramics by Picasso and a caricature copy of the widely admired Judge, who died in 2020. Proceeds will go to the Washington National Opera, whose concerts Judge Ginsburg frequently attended.

The Potomack company said it would donate 10% of the seller’s commission to scholarships offered by Women of Berkeley Law, a group of students at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. Justice Ginsburg was known for fighting for women’s rights for more than half a century.

The auction of Justice Ginsburg’s modern art collection will take place on April 27, followed by a session the next day with decorative arts and memorabilia from her Supreme Court chambers and her residence in the complex. Watergate in Washington.

“These items are truly tangible pieces of his life and times as one of the greatest justices of the Supreme Court of the United States,” Elizabeth Haynie Wainstein, owner of the Potomack Company, said Wednesday. “These articles would be of interest to any American who admired Justice Ginsburg as a civil rights pioneer and advocate for equality for all Americans.”

Ms Wainstein said the bids with the highest estimates were for Pablo Picasso ceramic piecesone of which had an offer of $15,000 on Wednesday.

There is a caricature copy of Judge Ginsburg by artist Eleanor Davis. The print, which hung in the chambers of the Supreme Court of Justice, had a bid for $7,500 on Wednesday.

A “natural black mink coat” with the judge’s name in a pocket had a bid of $1,200.

At the more affordable end is a concert poster of a performance featuring his grandson. The bid was $30 on Wednesday.

The collection also includes bronze sculptures by Glenna Goodacre, who designed the Vietnam Women’s Memorial in Washington. There are medals and awards that Judge Ginsburg has received over the years.

Credit…through the Potomack Company

Justice Ginsburg died of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer at the age of 87 in September 2020. She was the second woman to serve on the Supreme Court.

In her later years, Justice Ginsburg developed into a rock star and became a popular cultural figure with younger generations.

Law student Shana Knizhnik dubbed her the Notorious RBG — a play on the name of Notorious BIG, the rapper who, like Judge Ginsburg, was from Brooklyn. She became a pop culture icon, inspiring impersonations on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.”

The auction is the latest example of how Justice Ginsburg has been honored and commemorated.

Last month, the Smithsonian National Museum of American History said the judge’s children were donating her “dissent” necklace, which she wore when presenting powerful and pointed opinions that contradicted the majority of the Supreme Court.

The distinctive necklace is one of four donated, along with other items including the court dress she has worn most often during her more than 25 years in the field. The donations coincide with the museum’s decision to posthumously award Judge Ginsburg his honor, the Great Americans Medal.

On March 31, the United States Navy said it would name a ship after him. USNS Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be a John Lewis-class oil replenishment ship designed to transport fuel to Navy Carrier Strike Groups, the Navy has announced.

The ship will be the first ship in the United States Navy to be named after Justice Ginsburg and is sponsored by her daughter, Jane Ginsburg. The ship has not yet been built.


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