Late US Judge Ginsburg’s collectibles up for auction to benefit opera

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Washington (AFP) – Ceramics by Picasso, works by Old Masters and a famous fur coat are among the pieces from the art collection and personal effects of the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg that will be auctioned near Washington this month.

Proceeds from the sale will go to the Washington National Opera in the US capital to support an art form close to the heart of the iconic Supreme Court justice.

The sale, hosted by an auction house in Alexandria, Va., will take place April 27-28, and underscores the superstar status of the late judge who was popularly known as ‘RBG’ when she was passed away in September 2020 at the age of 87. .

She first rose to prominence in the 1970s as a lawyer, winning several court battles that brought down a slew of discriminatory laws against women.

In 1993, nominated by Bill Clinton, she became the second woman to serve on the United States Supreme Court, along with Sandra Day O’Connor.

She has championed other progressive causes, including the rights of sexual minorities and immigrants.

Through her work, she became an icon over the years, even with younger generations, who nicknamed her “The Notorious RBG” in reference to the murdered rapper “The Notorious BIG”.

“RBG” has also become known for its dress code of fine knit gloves, beaded necklaces and chiffon necklaces that are now so recognizable that they have become Halloween staples for children.

Several plaques and medals awarded to him during his long career are among the hundreds of personal items presented in the sale.

In 2016, the audience at the Kennedy Center in Washington gave the judge a standing ovation when she appeared on stage for a small role in an opera.

“The Justice was a champion of the wider arts — but nothing came close to her passion for opera. She was a frequent performer at Washington National Opera events,” the company said after Ginsburg’s death.

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