After comedian Joan Rivers died age 81 during a minor medical procedure in 2014, her possessions brought in a whopping $2.495 million at auction. Among the items was the dog bowl used by her beloved terrier Spike. Granted, it was no ordinary dog bowl — it was part of a silver Tiffany & Co. bowl engraved with her pooch’s name, and it fetched $14,000, nearly 30 times the estimate.
Spike, who died in 2001, was credited with saving Rivers’ life. When talking about the time she considered killing herself, Rivers said: “What saved me was my dog jumped into my lap. I thought, ‘No one will take care of him.’ He wasn’t a friendly dog — only to me. I adored this dog. I had the gun in my lap, and the dog sat on the gun.”