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Sotheby's auction sells 95% of Brooke Astor's estate
Sep 26, 2012

This week's two-day Sotheby's auction of property and jewelry from the estate of Brooke Astor took in $18.8 million. We previewed the sale earlier this month. On the first day, after just the first of four sessions, the sale had already surpassed its low estimate. Only 45 lots failed to sell.
Sotheby's auction sells 95% of Brooke Astor's estate
The proceeds of the 901-lot sale will benefit charities designated by Astor, including the New York Public Library, the Animal Medical Center of New York and the Pierpont Morgan Library. Astor's collections of Asian decorative arts, jewelry and paintings commanded especially high prices on the block. Here are some of the highlights from the sales.
•Lot 626, From the "Philosopher's Room" at her Briarcliff Manor, NY estate, a Chinese Famille-Vert Octagonal Jardiniere Kangxi Mark and Period (1662-1722), estimate: $20/30,000; sold for $410,500.
Sotheby's auction sells 95% of Brooke Astor's estate
•Lot 367, Two unusual Chinese Famille-Rose Gilt decorated boxes and covers, Qianlong Mark and Period, estimate: $10/15,000; sold for $494,500
Sotheby's auction sells 95% of Brooke Astor's estate
•A rare and unusual pair of Chinese Export Famille-Rose Baluster cases and covers, Qing Dynasty, circa 1740, estimate: $80/120,000; sold for $200,500
Sotheby's auction sells 95% of Brooke Astor's estate
•Lot 93, a giltwood box from her NYC apartment at 778 Park Avenue, estimate $200/400; sold for $21,250
Sotheby's auction sells 95% of Brooke Astor's estate

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