The $3 million estate of the bestselling novelist Jackie Collins, whose 31 racy novels included titles such as The Stud, The Bitch and Sinners, is going under the hammer at Bonhams on Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, on Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 May.  Sister of the British actress Joan Collins of Dynasty fame, the sale is set to draw fans of the author and the lifestyle she represented.

Born in London in 1937, Collins moved to Los Angeles in the 1960s, where she spent the rest of her life. Poolside or behind the wheel of her bespoke metallic gold Jaguar XKR (est. US $15,000-20,000), Jackie lived the glossy, fast-pace life she wrote about in her novels.

Collins’ daughters Tracy, Rory and Tiffany comment on the sale: “Our mother never did anything in small measures! She had a unique and extraordinary eye for a design and aesthetic that combined elegance and glamour with humour and warmth. We are delighted to be working with Bonhams on this very special sale honouring our mother’s legacy, most especially because a portion of all proceeds will be donated to support the empowerment of young women in the arts and education.”

Bids for the jewellery will for sure surpass their estimates given the popularity of Jackie Collins and the lifestyle she immortalised in her hugely popular novels.