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Justice Ruth Badner Ginsburg’s personal collection is being auctioned for charity
By Ella Joyce | Current affairs | 2 September 2022

Ruth Bader Ginsburg celebrating her 20th anniversary on the bench at the US supreme court in Washington, 2013. ⓒ The Washington Post

After gaining a seat on the federal bench in 1993 – the second woman ever to do so – Ruth Bader Ginsburg served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court until her death in 2020. A pioneering voice in gender equality, women’s interests and civil rights, her legacy is a testament to flourishing in the face of adversity. Ahead of the US midterms in November, remembering a voice such as hers becomes all the more poignant as the Supreme Court continue to overlook the topics she spent her life fighting for. 

In her honour, a hundred items from her personal collection are set to be auctioned with the proceeds being donated to SOS Children’s Villages, an Austria-based international humanitarian organisation, to help launch The RBG Endowment Fund to which Ginsburg donated a portion of her $1 million Berggruen Prize for Philosophy and Culture in 2019.

Courtesy of Bonhams

Alongside an array of lace gloves, photographs, books and posters that offer an insight into Ginsburg’s life outside the courtroom, the highlight of the sale will be the two of Ginsburg’s signature collars. Made available to the public for the first time, the majority of her judicial robes have been donated to museums globally. Hosted by Bonhams online, the sale will begin on Wednesday and run until September 16th to commemorate Constitution Day and the second anniversary of Ginsburg’s passing. 

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