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Gems owned by best-selling romance author Jackie Collins on auction for $6,000

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Diamond-encrusted jewelry owned by the late best-selling romance novelist Jackie Collins is going under the hammer.A diamond necklace, 2.05-carat gold earrings, and a jade buddha pendant that Collins wore day-to-day make up the collection being sold for around $6,000.Most of the beloved novelist's items went up for sale after she died in September 2015, aged 77, after a six-year battle with breast cancer that she had largely kept from people — only telling her famous sister Dame Joan Collins two weeks before her death.Her family have decided to sell the collection with London-based Chiswick Auctions— with the last remaining pieces serving as mementos of the famous novelist and  philanthropist who saw each of her 32 novels end up on the New York Times' best seller list.

A collection of jewelry owned by best-selling romance novelist Jackie Collins is going under the hammer Pictured: A blue topaz dress ring, going for $245-$370, and a pair of diamond pendent earrings, with the price ranging between $610-$860 Pictured: A diamond long chain necklace, set to sell for between $410-$650, and an oval pendant with a jade buddha at the center and encrusted with 2.25 carats of brilliant, with the price estimated between $860-$1,100 The 10 pieces, which include earrings, rings and necklaces, were bought by the late author later in life while she was living in Los Angeles.English-born Collins wrote 32 novels, including The Stud and Hollywood Wives, which have sold more than 500 million copies.In the Sunday Times Rich List 2011, Collins was listed as the UK's fifth richest author with an estimated personal fortune of $96million.

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