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Ellen Barkin's Jewelry Fetches $20 Million

Oct 12, 2006 | 7:28am EDT

A collection of jewelry belonging to actress Ellen Barkin fetched $20.3 million at a New York City auction on Tuesday.

The 108 lots for sale included Barkin's wedding ring from her marriage to ex-husband Ron Perelman--which collected $138,000 at Christie's auction house--and diamond rings, necklaces and earrings from jewelers including Bulgari, Cartier, Tiffany and Van Cleef and Arpels.

A single 22.76-carat diamond ring was the most expensive lot, bought for $1.8 million by an American collector.

Rahul Kadakia, head of Christie's jewelry department, says the $20.3 million haul "makes Ellen Barkin's collection the highest single-owner jewelry sale of the past 15 years in the U.S. and also places it among the top four ever worldwide."

The Sea of Love star wed Perelman in 2000 and they divorced earlier this year.

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