Jackie Collins's £131million fortune included a gold Jaguar and first edition books

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    Ms Collins and her sister Joan made a name for themselves in 1950’s Los Angeles and while Jackie didn’t find the silver screen fame her sister did, she found a way to make her millions as a romance novelist. Producing 32 novels, of which eight have been turned into movies and all appeared on The New York Times bestsellers list, provided Ms Collins with material luxuries some only dream of.

    Although she had appeared in some acting roles in low budget films, where she was credited as Lynn Curtis, she soon moved back to England to focus on writing.

    Her first book The World is Full of Married Men was published in 1968 and simultaneously banned in Australia and South Africa whilst being on The New York Bestsellers list.

    Her second novel The Stud was published the following year to a similar literary acclaim and quickly got turned into a film as well, which she co-wrote the screenplay for and starred her older sister.

    Her family moved to Los Angeles permanently in the 1980’s where Ms Collins continued her writing endeavours and purchased a house in Beverley Hills for $2million (£1.4million).

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    In the early 2000’s the writing maestro turned her hand to television, with series of specials such as Jackie Collins Presents on E! Entertainment Television.

    Her final novel was published the year of her death; the conclusion to the Santangelo series she had started in 1981.

    Sadly, Ms Collins had been diagnosed with stage-four breast cancer six years before her death but told no one about her illness.

    She eventually informed her sister Joan, just two weeks before she died.

    Ms Collins sadly passed away in September 2015 from breast cancer two weeks before her 78th birthday.

    The majority of her material possessions were left to her three daughters who partnered with esteemed auctioneers Bonhams to auction the pricier items of Ms Collins’ Beverly Hills property which fetched a handsome $21million (£15million) when it went for sale.

    The auction took place in 2017 and fetched a total of $3.4million (£2.6million).

    Amongst the auctioned items were her bespoke gold Jaguar, a six-carat diamond ring, a collection of art paintings and sculptures.

    Involving over 1,000 lots, the auction took two days and also saw the sale of some first edition copies of her books.

    Her golden 2002 Jaguar XKR, along with its personalised number plate: LUCKY77 – a tribute to her character Lucky Santiago, was bought for $43,800 (£33,800).

    The six-carat diamond and platinum ring, sold alongside other items from her jewellery collection which amassed an astounding $2.1million (£1.6million).

    One of her paintings by British artist Beryl Cook sold for $27,500 (£21,200).



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