Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    A Bette Davis Group of Jewelry, Circa 1930s-1980s. Eight pieces total including: 1) a silver-tone wristwatch by "Illinois;" 2) a silver-tone wristwatch (no brand); 3) a silver-tone wristwatch by "Olympic;" 4) a gold-tone and rhinestone brooch; 5) a rhinestone brooch in the form of a cat's face; 6) a cameo brooch; 7) a turquoise ring; and 8) a rhinestone brooch in the form of a female hand, back stamped "Trifari;" all worn by the star over the decades; included with a signed 'letter of provenance' from Kathryn Sermak, Davis' longtime personal assistant.
    Various Sizes

    Interestingly, Bette Davis is seen wearing the 'hand' brooch from this lot in the photograph that appears on the back dust jacket of her 1962 autobiography "The Lonely Life."

    Kathryn Sermak relays this story:
    "Miss D often wore the diamond cat broach pin when going out for dinner. She was superstitious and always believed it brought her good luck like the other broaches she adored."

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    April, 2018
    15th Sunday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 12
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 2,155

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $250,000 (minimum $19), plus 20% of any amount between $250,000 and $2,500,000, plus 12% of any amount over $2,500,000 per lot.

    Sold on Apr 15, 2018 for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)
    Track Item

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2021 October 3 Autumn Luxury Accessories Signature Auction - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    This was all very much appreciated and an ongoing testament of how good Heritage Auctions are.
    Vanessa H.,
    Brackley, United Kingdom
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search