Thee pieces worn by Jackie Onassis make £51,600 at Vintage at Goodwood

The auction of desirable items in the Pioneers of Popular Culture sale, which took place at the brand new annual Vintage at Goodwood event last weekend, was a roaring success – as was the festival. Get planning for next year.

Goodwood Estate in West Sussex
Goodwood Estate in West Sussex

A highlight of the new annual festival – Vintage at Goodwood, in Sussex was the Pioneers of Popular Culture sale, which took place there on 15 August.

The Vintage at Goodwood Festival is the brainchild of fashion designers Wayne and Geraldine Hemingway and Lord March of Goodwood, West Sussex. It was set over three days (13-15 August), as a celebration of all that is best about British popular culture in music, fashion, art, design and film. It’s another great addition to Lord March’s calendar of events that have become part of the British summer season, such as the annual Goodwood Revival, 15-17 September this year.

Jackie Kennedy Onassis' necklace
Jackie Kennedy Onassis’ necklace

In the Pioneers of Popular Culture sale, organised by Bonhams the auction house, a triple strand simulated pearl necklace once owned by America’s First Lady Jackie Kennedy Onassis has sold for £30,000, while a pair of simulated pearl and diamond ear clips that she wore in the 1960s fetched £15,600 and a simulated pearl necklace made £6,000. Top prices were also paid for two Jaguar cars: a 1962 Jaguar E-type Series 1 was the top selling lot of the day selling for £60,000 and a 1961 Jaguar Mk2 made £25,200. And, after a fierce and lengthy bidding war, a c1948 Curtis Wright Travel Trailer beat its pre-sale estimate of £5,000-£10,000 to sell for £13,800. A rare ape costume from 2001: A Space Odyssey, 1968, sold for an impressive £18,000.

The sale celebrated all that is cool and iconic from the period 1940–1990, and included the Challen upright piano from Abbey Road studios, played by The Beatles and Pink Floyd.

Highlights also include a 1965 The Who VW Camper Van and a black Hermes Kelly bag. 

1965 VW panel van
1965 VW panel va

For a full listing of upcoming sales at Bonhams go to

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