Sotheby’s NY to auction Brooke Astor collection
New York--Sotheby’s will be auctioning the Property from the Estate of Brooke Astor here on Sept. 24-25, offering art and jewelry from the personal collection of the New York society philanthropist.
The approximately 800 lots of the sale will be on exhibition in Sotheby’s New York galleries beginning Sept. 17.
Astor assembled her jewelry collection primarily from the 1950s-1970s, evoking her role as a New York social figure. Boasting pieces from renowned brands Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, David Webb, Bulgari and others, the September sale will also include a strong group of stones.
Highlights from Astor’s personal jewelry collection will include an emerald and diamond ring set with a 22.84-carat Colombian emerald (below). The ring has a pre-sale high estimate of $150,000.
An emerald and diamond necklace, circa 1965 (below), has a pre-sale high estimate of $350,000.
An 18-karat gold, fancy colored diamond, coral and ruby lion brooch by Van Cleef & Arpels has a pre-sale high estimate of $30,000.
In keeping with her commitment to New York institutions and causes, Astor selected a number of charitable organizations to benefit from her estate, including the New York Public Library, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and New York City schools, among others.