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Vintage Vadeboncoeur

Downtown After Dark

A collection of items that went up for bids earlier this month when Joan Vadeboncoeur's estate in Cazenovia was auctioned.

A collection of items that went up for bids earlier this month when Joan Vadeboncoeur's estate in Cazenovia was auctioned.

— Like many newspaper reporters, Joan Vadeboncoeur met plenty of famous people. When her estate was auctioned off last weekend, autographs inscribed by entertainers such as Judy Garland and Erroll Flynn were among the items sold.

Like many women of means, Joan Vadeboncoeur had a fondness for fine jewelry and designer duds. Several pieces of 18-karat platinum necklaces, Gucci purses and Oleg Cassini dresses were also auctioned.

Like other single women living in a spacious family homestead, Joan Vadeboncoeur filled the big house at 1330 Owahgena Road, Cazenovia, with expensive collectibles including glass and pottery from Steuben, Hummel and Waterford. Those too were sold to high bidders last weekend.

Precious gems

Joan went for quality over quantity.

The estate sale’s jewelry comprised a relatively modest three dozen pieces, but the estimate worth of those 30-plus items totaled more than $225,000!

Two of the highest-priced pieces were two pairs of 14K gold earrings each valued at $40,000.

One featured drop earrings with four brilliant cut diamonds, two marquis diamonds and one pear-shaped diamond, all topped with a baguette and a brilliant cut diamond. The other 14K pair sported 14 pear-shaped emeralds, 12

oval diamonds and 76 baguettes.

Joan valued her ears. Whether listening to movie dialogue or a whispered news tip, her ears would receive and her typewriter would deliver. And so Joan adorned them.

All of her readers know Joan had style. Fewer folks know how she simply sparkled.

Curly’s VE discs

Joan E. Vadeboncoeur, who covered arts and entertainment for more than half a century for the Syracuse Newspapers, died Jan. 4 at her home. She was 78.

She was predeceased by her parents, E.R. “Curly” and Orletta Vadeboncoeur, and is survived by two cousins, Jayne Street and Faye Brooks. Services were private, and she was buried at Oakwood Cemetery.

Russ Tarby’s column appears weekly in The Eagle and online at theeaglecny.com. He also covers the arts and sports. Reach him at russtarby@netscape.net.

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