A number of pieces of the jewellery of the late Rat Pack singer Sammy Davis Jr are going up for auction with Bonhams.

The 1970s jewellery formerly owned by the singer, famous for songs like ‘Mr Bojangles’, will go under the hammer tomorrow (Tuesday, 20 July 2021).

Five pieces will be available in the sale, including a fancy brown diamond ring, estimated at $7,000-9,000 (£5,000-6,500), that he was frequently photographed wearing while performing.


The singer and actor was also a style icon in his day, rarely seen without a tailored suit and signature ring.

The full list of pieces from Davis Jr’s collection include: an 18ct gold bracelet watch; an 18ct bi-colour gold, diamond and enamel monogram ring; an 18ct bi-colour gold, diamond and enamel monogram necklace; a gold fancy brown diamond and diamond ring; and a gold and diamond solitaire ring.

The solitaire ring is expected to sell for the most money, with an upper estimate of $40,000 (£29,000).

Also available at the Bonhams California auction will be a rare mid-century collection of Art Smith jewellery, as well as signed jewellery and gemstones, including an 8.9ct certified Colombian emerald and diamond ring

The ring holds an auction estimate of $35,000-55,000 (£25,000-40,000).

Head of jewellery at Bonhams Los Angeles, Emily Waterfall, said: “Sammy Davis Jr was a huge talent and an icon of style.

“We are thrilled to be offering a selection of jewels that were worn and enjoyed by this groundbreaking entertainer.

“Bonhams Los Angeles has had great success recently handling jewellery from Hollywood stars; the sale of the estate of Diahann Carroll in 2020 included a Tiffany Zodiac pendant which sold for four times over its pre-sale estimate.”

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