03 October 2012

Mrs. Astor Redux

Brooke Astor in her New York apartment in 1997. Photo: Annie Leibovitz

Last week, Sotheby's sale of Mrs. Vincent Astor's estate brought in $18.8 million. And there's another sale with Brooke Astor provenance in just two days. "Where?" you ask? Click here to learn more.

Merchant Class

The exterior of R. Louis Bofferding's shop in New York City, executed by French artist Pierre Le-Tan.

To read my take on the new website of renowned antiques dealer R. Louis Bofferding, click here.

Remains of the Day

(Left to right) Dressed as a Chinese emperor and his court, Alexis de Redé, Arturo Lopez-Willshaw, his wife, Patricia, and interior decorator Georges Geffroy attend the Beistegui ball in Venice, September 3, 1951. Photo courtesy of the Cecil Beaton Studio Archive at Sotheby’s.

For the back story behind one of the most spectacular auctions this month, click here.