U.S. Supreme Court

$195K wasn't enough to buy this item owned by Justice Ginsburg

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg poses for a group portrait while donning her “Pegasus” necklace at the Supreme Court building in November 2018 in Washington, D.C. Photo by J. Scott Applewhite/The Associated Press.

A bid of $195,000 wasn’t high enough to secure the “Pegasus” necklace worn by the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The Potomack Company expected that the Sept. 21 auction would garner a bid of $200,000 to $400,000 for the piece, said to be one of Ginsburg’s favorites, report the Hill and Axios.

Because the bid fell below that amount, the item didn’t sell—but offers are still being accepted.

The Potomack Company described the necklace as a collar, noting that Ginsburg was known for the collars and the jabots that she wore on the bench.

The sharp-edged necklace was a limited-edition metallic piece made by Stella & Dot, according to prior coverage by Town & Country. Stella & Dot is offering the current version of its Pegasus necklace for sale online at $219.

The necklace was a gift to Ginsburg by a lawyer who worked part time at Stella & Dot. She told Town & Country that she sent the necklace in appreciation for Ginsburg’s life work advancing equality for women. Ginsburg wore the collar in her 2018 Supreme Court portrait.

According to a July 20 news release from the Potomack Company, the collar evoked “power and strength with the imagery of battle armor in its layered metal pointed feathers.” A spokesperson said the high estimate for Ginsburg’s collar is “based on provenance.”

Part of the auction proceeds were to go to the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Endowed Fund for Research in Civil Rights and Gender Equality of the American Bar Foundation.

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