A rep for Julien’s said the auction house considered postponing Monday’s formal announcement. But they concluded that word of the sale was already out and auctioneers didn’t want to disturb a grieving Joan Collins to see if it should be postponed.
“Julien’s Auctions did have an internal discussion about this but at that point the announcement was already in play having been confirmed a week earlier for news,” Julien’s spokeswoman Caroline Galloway said in a statement. “As you may well imagine Joan is in mourning over her dear sister and we chose not to intrude on her privacy. “
The auction is set for Dec. 16.
“Desperately sad today but I know Jackie would want me to be strong but it’s hard to lose somebody so wonderful, so incredible & loving,” Joan tweeted on Monday. “Wherever you are, my darling sister, you deserve a red carpet and a throne.”