Five years after her death, an auction of famed socialite and philanthropist Brooke Astor’s personal items, including $5 million worth of jewels, will be held at Sotheby’s New York on Sept 24-25.
Among the numerous works of art to be highlighted in the 800 piece collection are a 22.84 carat emerald and diamond ring valued at $150,000, an emerald and diamond necklace valued at $350,000 and a fancy color diamond, ruby and coral lion brooch pin set in 18k gold valued at $30,000.
Following her husband’s death in 1959, Brooke Astor took charge of his philanthropic endeavors and served as the trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. While some of us may recall the scandal that surrounded her name during her final years, throughout her life, Astor distributed tens of millions of her fortune to various charitable causes, most notably The New York Public Library, the Animal Medical Center in Manhattan and MoMA.
Other auction highlights to be offered at Astor’s Park Avenue duplex and Westchester County mansion include Chinese lacquer furniture dating to the Qing dynasty and a variety of canine themed master paintings.
The collection will be showcased at Sotheby’s York Avenue Galleries on September 17 prior to auction.