Five years after wealthy philanthropist Brooke Astor passed away at age 105, her Briarcliff Manor and New York City estates' belongings will head to the auction block.
"The collection reflects her life and passions: from Chinese lacquer furniture, clocks, mirror paintings and export porcelain that recall her early years in Asia, to the drawings and paintings of dogs—many depicting her own—that demonstrate her love for animals, to a coral and ruby lion brooch by Van Cleef & Arpels that evokes the iconography of The New York Public Library, an institution she supported for decades," according to the Sotheby's website, which will be hosting the auction.
Beginning tomorrow at 10 a.m. in New York City, the contents of her Holy Hill estate and Park Avenue duplex will be auctioned off for charitable causes, according to an Associated Press report.
The 901 items are expected to bring in upwards of $6 million over the two-day period, which will benefit multiple organizations and charities, including Briarcliff Manor's All Saints' Episcopal Church.
According to the AP report, the auction will include "European and Asian furnishings, Old Masters, Qing Dynasty paintings, tea sets, silverware, jewelry, a porcelain menagerie, over 100 dog paintings—and even the uniforms of her domestic staff..."
According to Sotheby's website, a 1959 emerald and diamond necklace is estimated to sell for $250,000 to $350,000. Some of the other priciest items include a John Frederick Lewis painting (estimated at $300 to $500K), a Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo chalk and ink piece and Giovanni Antonia Canal work.
Following Astor's 2007 death, reports circulated that her son Anthony Marshall was accused of "engineering changes to her will."
A March settlement "freed $100 million for her charities and cut by more than half the amount going to Marshall," the AP reported.
Other local organizations that will benefit from the auction's proceeds are the Historic Hudson Valley, of which Astor served as a board member and Trinity Church in Ossining.
The auction's first session begins at 10 a.m. on Monday. Additional sessions will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, 10 a.m. on Tuesday and 2 p.m. on Tuesday.