Five years after her death, Brooke Astor’s possessions are finally being auctioned off by Sotheby’s. More than 900 lots of jewelry, art, porcelain, china, furniture and more will go under the hammer on September 24 and 25 in New York. The auction will benefit some of the charities Mrs. Astor supported during her long life: the New York Public Library, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Historic Hudson Valley and the Animal Medical Center. The road to this final dispensation of Mrs. Astor’s possessions has been long, and very ugly and tragic.
I had a chance to scroll through the items up for auction and picked out some to share with you. One of the great things you can do on the Sotheby’s website is create your own catalogue of items that you choose. Here are some of my selections.
HERBERT HASELTINE 1877 - 1962
MIDDLE-WHITE SOW: WHARFEDALE ROYAL LADY
signed with the initials H.H and dated 1956 on the base bronze with gold patina on a marble base height 4 1/4 in.
ESTIMATE 10,000-15,000 USD
A FRENCH GOLD AND DIAMOND-SET BLONDE TORTOISESHELL CIGARETTE CASE, MAKER'S MARK JD A FLOWER BETWEEN,
EARLY 20TH CENTURY
The cover mounted in diamonds with initial "A" below a baron's coronet in an oval reserve, also with two diamond-set bands and a diamond-set thumbpiece. interior rims with maker's mark and French guarantee marks. length 3 1/8 in.
ESTIMATE: 700-900 USD
A CHINESE EXPORT SILVER, ENAMEL AND JADE PAGODA-FORM TABLE CLOCK
FIRST HALF 20TH CENTURY
marked Silver and Made in China, the movement probably later.
height 8 1/4 in.; width 5 3/4 in.; depth 5 3/4 in.
ESTIMATE 500-700 USD
A LARGE GROUP OF CERAMIC OR ENAMEL BOXES AND COVERS 20TH CENTURY
Together with a South Staffordshire bird-form bonbonnière and hinged cover and a Herend porcelain sugar bowl and cover. 67 pieces.
ESTIMATE 800-1,200 USD
Honestly, some of the prices on these items are pretty reasonable. One lot I saw was 213 travel books, and the estimate was $200-$300. To view the entire catalogue, lot by lot, click here.