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  • SOTHEBY’S SALE OF PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF BROOKE ASTOR

    Lion Brooch by Van Cleef & Arpels, New York. (Click on image to enlarge).  UPDATE: THIS MADE $134,500.

    Chinese lacquer furniture, clocks, mirrors, paintings, export porcelain and a lion brooch by Van Cleef & Arpels will feature at Sotheby’s sale of property from Brooke Astor in New York on September 23 and 24. The auction will comprise fine and decorative art from the two homes of the legendary New York society figure and philanthropist, the duplex apartment at 778 Park Avenue (at Park and 73rd) and Holly Hill, her Westchester County Estate. Mrs. Astor, who died in 2007 aged 105, selected a number of charitable organizations to benefit from her estate, including The New York Public Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Pierpont Morgan Library, The Animal Medical Center of New York, and New York City Schools. The lion brooch pictured on the left by Van Cleef & Arpels evokes the iconography of The New York Public Library, an institution she championed for decades. Lot 168 in the sale is an Irish silver rococo style pierced bowl and cover with London marks for 1780 estimated at $1,500-2,000.
    Assembled primarily in the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s, Mrs. Astor’s collection of jewelry features Van Cleef & Arpels, Verdura, Cartier, Buccellati, David Webb, Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co., and Bulgari. Highlights include an emerald and diamond ring set with a 22.84 carat Colombian emerald ($100,000-150,000), an c1965 emerald and diamond necklace ($250,000-350,000) and the fancy coloured diamond, coral and ruby lion brooch ($20,000-30,000).

    UPDATE: THE SALE REALISED $18,828,129.  The high estimate was $9.7 million. A remarkable 95% of the 901-lot auction was sold.

    Mrs. Astor’s emerald ring and necklace.  UPDATE: THE RING MADE $1,202,500, THE NECKLACE MADE $686,500.

    An interior shot of the library at Mrs. Astor’s home at Holly Hill. (Click on image to enlarge).

    An Irish silver rococo style pierced bowl and cover.  UPDATE: IT MADE $6,875.

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