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Raquel Welch film premiere- and photo shoot-worn squash blossom necklace, which sold for $150,000 ($195,000 with buyer's premium) at Julien's.

Raquel Welch film premiere- and photo shoot-worn squash blossom necklace blows out estimates at $195K at Julien’s

GARDENA, Calif. – Raquel Welch’s Myra Breckenridge (1970) film premiere- and photo shoot-worn turquoise and silver squash blossom necklace skyrocketed past its modest $1,000-$2,000 estimate to hammer for $150,000 ($195,000 with buyer’s premium) at Julien’s Auctions’ April 12 ‘Bombshell’ event dispersing items from the late actress and model’s estate. Complete sale results are now available at LiveAuctioneers.

Designed in the style developed by the Navajo and adopted by other Southwestern tribes including the Zuni and Hopi, the sterling silver hollow bead necklace features a large horseshoe-shaped naja pendant of similar design. It measures 23.75 inches, weighs 134.50 grams, and is marked Sadie Ortiz.

Market demand continues to climb for squash blossom necklaces, with the documented Welch example likely setting a new record, though unconfirmed.

Julien’s reports the 464-lot sale had 100% sellthrough with the sale exceeding $1 million. In addition, as expected, all of Welch’s (1940-2023) film- and stage-worn costumes sold well above their estimates.