Artwork by Joan Miro and David Hockney, a vintage Steinway piano and a first edition Machiavelli are among the items sold from the collection of estranged couple Erika Jayne and Tom Girardi at a court-ordered auction on next month.
Girardi, a disbarred attorney who helped win a high-profile court case in the 1990s that inspired the movie Erin Brockovitchfaces allegations that he misappropriated millions of dollars in settlement money from clients, including burn victims and relatives of those killed in the 2018 Lion Air plane crash.
Jayne, cast member of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, is suspected of colluding with him to fund his lavish lifestyle. In a court filing, it was revealed that Girardi’s law firm may have paid up to $25 million of his wife’s personal and business expenses, including $850,000 for hair, makeup, and makeup. nails.
The lawsuit alleges the former couple embezzled “client settlement money to project an image of wealth and to support a made-for-reality TV lifestyle.” Jayne strenuously denied knowing anything about Girardi’s alleged financial wrongdoing, stating on the The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills“That’s not who I am and I hope that’s not who he is.”
Their collection, which includes furniture, decorative artwork, books and sports memorabilia, arrives September 21 after a federal bankruptcy judge allowed Girardi’s estate to hire an auctioneer to sell his valuables last month. Proceeds will help repay creditors.
Girardi, who is 83 and was found by a judge to be incompetent to handle his own financial affairs, was diagnosed with late-onset Alzheimer’s disease and dementia and was moved to a nursing home last year. After more than 20 years of marriage, the couple announced they would be divorcing in November 2020. Their often-televised Pasadena mansion hit the market last year, eventually selling for a seemingly lower price than of the $8 million market.
Among the more than 200 items put under the hammer by California auctioneers John Moran next month are a lithograph by Miro, estimated at between $800,000 and $1.5 million, and a smaller work by the Spanish artist, valued between $700,000 and $900,000. Engraving is the subject (1977), from Hockney’s blue guitar portfolio of prints, expected to fetch between $3,000 and $5,000.
Three bronze sculptures by Glenna Goodacre, who created the Vietnam Women’s Memorial, in Washington DC, are also on sale, including the largest, Cross the meadow (2000), is estimated between $30,000 and $40,000.
Other lots of note include a 200th anniversary edition of a Steinway piano, from 1997, valued at $40,000 to $60,000, and a first edition of the English translation of the 16th century political treatise by Nicolo Machiavelli, The princewhich could reach $2,000.