Brooke Astor's 800 item-strong collection of jewellery, furniture and favourite dog paintings set to reach $5million at auction
22:48 GMT, 15 March 2012
Tireless philanthropist and Manhattan socialite, Brooke Astor, will be sharing her wealth from beyond the grave in September as part of her estate is put up for auction at Sotheby's.
The charitable millionaire who died in 2007 at the ripe age of 105 was a keen supporter of The New York Public Library, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Animal Medical Center in Manhattan.
Though details of the impending sale have yet to be revealed, what is known is that the 800 personal items up for auction will include pieces of precious jewellery and a vast array of furniture with an estimated total worth of $5million.
Barking mad: The staircase at Brooke Astor's Westchester estate, Holly Hill, is lined with the paintings of the late socialite's favourite animal that will go up for auction in September
Also up for grabs by admiring collectors will be Mrs Astor's beloved paintings of dogs, antique Chinese lacquer furniture dating back to the Qing dynasty and old master drawings.
In December Sotheby's confirmed that Aaron Shikler's 1983 painting Mrs. Vincent Astor, Seated would also be in included in the sale.
Treasures: The 800 items up for auction include priceless designer jewels including this emerald necklace and ring set and diamond and gold lion brooch
Auction attendees can expect to view
the items at the Park Avenue duplex and Holly Hill, her mansion in
Westchester County, both currently under administration of New York
year, Sotheby's estimated the collection to exceed $5million in worth
cementing the auction as an event not to be missed by art and antiques
Originally the date for the auction
was set for April 19 and the reason for the delay until later his year
has not been determined.
Antique chic: Mrs Astor's ornaments and decorative accents like these Chinese lamps and George III mirror date back hundreds of years and were purchased in different parts of the world
Priceless: William Nedham's A Toy Spaniel and a Springer Spaniel in a Landscape is just one of the many paintings of dogs owned by the late Mrs Astor
Proceeds from the auction to be held on September 24 and 25 are hoped to be donated to these and others she favoured.
But although the state, as
administrator, has the authority to sell assets of the estate, some have
said that donating proceeds to Mrs Astor's preferred beneficiaries is
not quite as simple as they would hope.
An old favourite: Mrs Astor stepped out numerous times wearing the dazzling diamond and emerald necklace
Phillip C. Marshall, the
philanthropist's grandson told the Wall Street Journal in December:
'This complex estate remains in surrogate's court in Westchester.
is much more complicated than initially presumed in this statement that
monies realized from the sale would go to charity.
Stately home: The auction in September is to be held by Sotheby's at the Astor mansion in Westchester known as Holly Hill
Empire state of mind: Mrs Astor's New York apartment will provide the backdrop for one day of the sale
'I wish it were so.'
One person who won't be seeing any of
that money will be his father, Anthony Marshall, who was found guilty
in 2009 of taking advantage of his mother's dementia in order to steal
millions of dollars from her.