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Ellen Barkin's $20-million revenge

Published Oct. 16, 2006|Updated Oct. 18, 2006

In January, the story goes, Ellen Barkin - the husky-voiced actor whose skills in The Big Easy and Sea of Love earned her two spots on the best-steamy-sex-scene-in-a-movie list - was unceremoniously dumped by her second husband, Ron Perelman, the multibillionaire chairman of Revlon cosmetics.

Part of the dumping, they say, was Perelman, 63, posting guards outside their Manhattan home to keep out Barkin, 52, who was his fourth wife, and her two children from her first marriage.

To get her revenge, Barkin decided to sell a bunch of high-priced jewelry she accumulated during her five-plus years married to Perelman.

On the block at Christie's auction house last week, 103 pieces that included her wedding ring brought in $20.37-million. That's one of the world's four highest sales by one owner, Christie's said.

Here's a look at some of the things Barkin cleaned out of her life ("These are just not memories I want to wear," she has said) and cleaned up with at Christie's:

- That wedding ring, a wide band set with four rows of bell-cut diamonds topped in 18-karat gold, went for $130,000.

- A pair of dangly topaz earrings sold for $710,400.

- A diamond band from exclusive Paris jeweler Joel Arthur Rosenthal (who goes by JAR) earned $156,000.

- An oval-shaped 22.76-carat diamond ring that appeared to be floating above an elaborate diamond-encrusted setting, another JAR piece, was the biggest earner, inspiring a private American collector to part with $1.8-million.

Barkin was "thrilled" with the sale's outcome, Christie's said.

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