Bejeweled empress of New York philanthropy, socialite Brooke Astor who died at the remarkable age of 105 on August 2007, actually reigned over the society of New York City for decades, and set the standard for civic responsibility, philanthropy and grace. But sadly, after her death, relatives publically battled for over five years over the revered heiress’ $130 million estate, which includes the lavish 14-room duplex on Park Avenue and the Holly Hill estate in Westchester County. The fight was so extensive that it also dragged the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Carnegie Hall, the New York Public Library, and even the Rockefeller University, among many others. Now, as the 5-year long corrosive fight had been settled, giving her son Anthony Marshal, convicted of stealing millions, his just deserts, and $100 million to various charities, Sotheby’s has announced that it’ll auction about 901 lots of decorative art, fine art, furnishings, and jewelry items of her two elegant homes on September 24 and 25, with the proceeds benefitting her favorite charities, including New York Public Library, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Animal Medical Center in Manhattan.
The lots offered on auction are actually the cherished remainders of luxe life late Mrs. Astor enjoyed in the left behind two households, which includes Qing dynasty lacquer furniture, a jade-and-diamond Cartier clock and dozens of the 19th-century dog portraits.
And, Sotheby’s lavishly illustrated auction catalog offers a glimpse of the grand and lavish life this world’s renowned philanthropist lives at her Holly Hill and 14-room duplex on Park Avenue, where she reportedly entertained U.S Presidents, first ladies, and other world-wide elites.
Out of the lots, here we have listed some of the ultra-lavish possessions of Mrs. Brooke Astor.
1). Platinum, 18 Karat Gold, Emerald and Diamond Necklace, Bulgari
Year made: 1959
Estimate Price: $250,000 - $350,000
Centering a flexible composition of 13 emerald drops weighing almost 71.00 carats, the necklace is further enhanced with 14 cabochon emeralds weighing 41.00 carats which are accented by 14 marquise-shaped diamonds weighing 8.50 carats, along with several numerous diamonds weighing 50.00 carats.
2). Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo
Year made: 1727-1804
Estimate: $300,000 - $400,000
The deer and the lady, with Punchinello; this painting crafted with black chalk, pen, and brown ink, reddish brown and brown wash, comes signed in pen and brown ink on the lower left. Dom.o Tiepolo f; numbered in pen and brown ink, in upper left corner: 89.
3). John Frederick Lewis
Year made; 1804-1876
Estimate: $300,000 - $500,000
Signed and dated JFLewis 1868 on the lower left oil on panel.
4). Imperial Chinese gilt-Bronze lion Clock Stand
Qianlong Period 1736-1795
Quantity: 3 pieces
This clock stand has cast striding upon an oval pedestral encircled with lobed lotus lappets and inlaid in turquoise, coral, lapis, and other hardstones. Placed on a wooden stand, its large head turned to its left and framed by a curling mane.
5). Raoul Dufy
Year made: 1877-1953
La Sortie des Six M&EGrave; Tres.
Originally, Mrs. Astor got a total of $60 million and an equal amount for a foundation “for the alleviation of human suffering, from her third husband, Vincent Astor, after his death.