Briarcliff's Astor Estate Auction Begins Monday

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Hundreds of items from Brooke Astor's Holly Hill Estate in Briarcliff Manor are set to be auctioned Monday and Tuesday in New York City.
Hundreds of items from Brooke Astor's Holly Hill Estate in Briarcliff Manor are set to be auctioned Monday and Tuesday in New York City. Photo Credit: Photo Courtesy Sotheby's New York

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. – Fine art, jewelry and about 900 other items from Brooke Astor’s Holy Hill estate in Briarcliff Manor will be auctioned beginning Monday.

Sotheby’s New York is set to have the auction Monday and Tuesday in New York City. The sale includes items from Astor’s Park Avenue apartment in New York City and her estate in Briarcliff Manor. More than 900 items in the sale are on exhibition in Sotheby’s York Avenue galleries until Monday’s auction begins. Astor passed away in 2007 at the age of 105.

After bequeathing All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Briarcliff Manor and Trinity Episcopal Church in Ossining with $10,000 each earlier this year, several other organizations will benefit from this auction. 

“In keeping with her unwavering commitment to numerous New York institutions and causes, Mrs. Astor selected a number of charitable organizations to benefit from her estate,” according to a press release from Sotheby’s. The organizations include The New York Public Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Pierpont Morgan Library and The Animal Medical Center of New York. 

“Brooke Astor’s enthusiasm for every detail pertaining to the furnishing and decorating of her rooms is charmingly effective,” said Albert Hadley, decorator who worked on Holy Hill, in a press release. “No one can equal her gaiety of spirit, her joyous laughter and her keen wit.” 

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