PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF BROOKE ASTOR
Sotheby’s New York, 24 & 25 September 2012
FEATURING FINE AND DECORATIVE ART FROM
MRS. ASTOR’S NEW YORK RESIDENCES,
AS WELL AS JEWELRY FROM HER PERSONAL COLLECTION
Jewelry from the Personal Collection of Brooke Astor
“If I go up to Harlem or down to Sixth Street, and I’m not dressed up or I’m not wearing my jewelry, then the people feel I’m talking down to them. People expect to see Mrs. Astor, not some dowdy old lady, and I don’t intend to disappoint.”
– Brooke Astor
In addition to examples by each of the best designers of the 20th century – including Van Cleef & Arpels, Verdura, Cartier, Buccellati, David Webb, Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co., and Bulgari – the September auction will also feature a strong group of stones. Highlights will include an Emerald and Diamond Ring set with a Colombian emerald weighing 22.84 carats (pictured right, est. $100/150,000), an Emerald and Diamond Necklace, circa 1965 (pictured right, est. $250/350,000), and the wonderful articulated 18 Karat Gold, Fancy Colored Diamond, Coral and Ruby Lion Brooch by Van Cleef & Arpels, New York (pictured above, est. $20/30,000).
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