Everard to auction fashions from estate of beloved humorist Jeanne Robertson, Jan. 22

Jeanne Robertson

Humorist Jeanne Robertson was known for her unfailing sense of fashion and choice of colors that made her shine.

SAVANNAH, Ga. – For nearly 60 years, Southern humorist Jeanne Robertson (1943-2021) kept audiences howling with laughter, whether at her in-person appearances or on satellite radio comedy channels. A brilliant observer, Robertson had a talent for spinning yarns to maximum comedic effect. An international legion of fans followed her faithfully on Facebook and viewed her on YouTube more than 100 million times.

Featured: Couture, St. John suits and luxury knitwear; handwoven Thai silk jackets, dazzling vintage costume jewelry, Manolo Blahnik and other designer shoes

Jeanne Robertson was also one of the most fashion-savvy entertainers ever to set foot onstage. At 6 feet 2 inches tall, she was a striking presence and an elegant model for the couture and designer-label fashions she favored. Now through February 22, both fans and fashionistas will have the opportunity to bid on clothing, vintage costume jewelry and accessories from Robertson’s personal collection in an online sale hosted by Everard Auctions & Appraisals. Nearly 150 lots will be offered, with online bidding available through LiveAuctioneers.

Jeanne Robertson

Jeanne Robertson dazzled in this custom purple sequined tunic and skirt ensemble (also comes with matching pants, not shown) designed by Tom and Linda Platt. The outfit was made especially for Ms. Robertson and was worn on the cover of her DVD/CD ‘Fabulously Funny.’ Estimate $150-$250.

“We are honored to be able to open up Jeanne’s closet to share with her fans and celebrate her stylish legacy,” said Amanda Everard, president of Everard Auctions. “Her clothing is as vibrant, gorgeous and unique as she was.”

Over the course of her career, Robertson wrote four books, including Don’t Bungee Jump Naked and Other Important Stuff. She was heard on SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s Laugh USA, Sirius Radio’s Blue Collar Comedy and the network’s Family Comedy Channel. She also recorded nine popular humor DVDs and CDs.

Jeanne Robertson

Jeanne Robertson often worked with New York designers Tom and Linda Platt, who created this custom citron collarless tunic with covered buttons and matching pants and skirt (not shown here). Estimate $100-$150. The model wears the accessories Ms. Robertson chose for the ensemble: a Pauline Trigere hammered gold-tone collar necklace and earrings by José and María Barrera. The jewelry estimate $200-$400

A former Miss North Carolina and star basketball player, Robertson traveled extensively, addressing civic clubs and corporations, and her one-woman shows regularly sold out. When she passed away in August 2021, she left an indelible mark on the history of comedy as well as the trove of timeless fashion and distinctive costume jewelry she had worn onstage during her performances.

Jeanne Robertson

The Estate of Jeanne Robertson: Clothing and Accessories auction features highly collectible costume jewelry, such as this vintage Pauline Trigere gold-tone panel necklace with hook clasp, shown with Blanca gold-toned crystal earrings and a Ralph Lauren nugget bracelet. Lot estimate $250-$400. The royal purple St. John Knit ensemble, estimate $150-$250, was worn by Robertson on the cover of her DVD/CD ‘Here She Is… Jeanne Robertson.’

Fashion expert Jane Tucker Radley has been instrumental in coordinating the auction selections. Radley first worked with Robertson in 1998 as a wardrobe consultant, after which they became close friends. Along with other recurring guests, including “Norma Rose” and “Beaver,” Radley became known as “Jane Tuckah” on Robertson’s YouTube Livestream series “Live From the Back Porch.” In fact, most of the ensembles featured in the auction were chosen by Radley for her dear friend to wear during speaking engagements.

“When I first started working with Jeanne, she really didn’t have any sense of style,” Radley recalled. “Remember, she’d been a basketball player and coach. I had to push her out of her comfort zone.” Radley said Robertson was “a dream to work with” and dressed her in bright, appealing colors because she was playing huge theaters and needed to be seen all the way from the balcony.

Jeanne Robertson

Examples of the fashionable footwear in Jeanne Robertson’s wardrobe, these three pairs of size 11 Manolo Blahnik suede shoes are entered with a lot estimate of $150-$250.

Many of the clothes to be auctioned are couture garments that were made for Robertson by New York designers Tom and Linda Platt. Both timeless and crafted to perfection, the duo’s custom suits, dresses, tunics, and pants embody Jeanne’s confident and classy presentation. Originally retailing in the thousands, many are being offered with starting bids of $60 and up.

Jeanne Robertson

This Donald Deal navy wool tuxedo jacket features a satin shawl collar, and matching straight legs pants and a skirt (not shown). Estimate $200-$300. Accessorized with a Jose and Maria Barrera pearl and crystal collar. Estimate $150-$250

The auction features an impeccably tailored tuxedo jacket with matching skirt and straight-leg pants by designer Donald Deal, who counts Sharon Stone and Laura Linney amongst his other celebrity clients. Designer suits by St. John and luxury shoes by Manolo Blahnik are included, as well.

Costume jewelry collectors can choose from such coveted pieces as a Jose and Maria Barrera pearl and crystal collar; earrings by Dior, brooches by Weiss and Ciner; and a magnificent gold-tone bib necklace by Pauline Trigere. “Jeanne loved antiquing,” Radley said. “We got a lot of the costume jewelry at antique shops and flea markets.”

Jeanne Robertson

Impressive shell-textured and paneled gold-tone collar necklace with marked Dior clip earrings. From the Estate of Jeanne Robertson. Estimate $100-$200

Absentee bidding has opened on LiveAuctioneers, and the live-online auction will take place on February 22, starting at 10 a.m. Eastern Time. For additional information on any item in the auction, call 912-231-1376 or email info@everard.com.