The Collection of Lee Bouvier Radziwill at Christie’s
One of the most highly anticipated events of the fall season in New York is the auction of The Collection of Lee Bouvier Radziwill at Christie’s on 17 October 2019.
The sale “offers a glimpse into her fascinating life, spanning her years as a prominent socialite, princess, designer, and witness to a momentous era in American history. The sale consists of jewellery, fine art, photography and decorative arts from her homes in New York and Paris.” I suspect that many of the mementos from her travels with her sister during the Kennedy administration will sell for much higher than the pre-sale estimates.
The upcoming auction and sale of her New York apartment has led to more photos and a wonderful video of the interiors. I’m always surprised how clean and white the living room looks compared to all the pink striped and patterned rooms and hallways in the apartment.
I live a few blocks away where Lee Radziwill lived and would often see her on Lexington Avenue around the corner from her apartment. Seeing her was always the highlight of my day and the neighborhood is a lot less chic without her now. I hope her possessions end up with equally chic people who will appreciate them for years to come.
T magazine has a video of Sofia Coppola interviewing Lee in her living room in 2013.
One of a pair of French Ormolu Candlesticks up for auction.
This Study of a Pear by interior designer Mark Hampton is my favorite thing in the auction.
I also love this lot of two partial dinner services.
While this North European Rosewood Sidechair is up for auction, the portrait is not. It must have been left to her daughter or a friend.
This is the floor plan of her apartment at 160 East 72nd Street that is still for sale and seems to have had a price drop to $4.9 Million.
When I was looking for photos, I came across this ad for the building from 1928.
Photos via Elle Decor, Town & Country, Christie’s, and William Ivey Long.