BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. Items from Brooke Astors estates pulled in more than $18 million in auction, nearly double original estimates.
Sothebys New York auctioned off more than 900 items this week. The sale included items from Astors Park Avenue apartment in New York City and her Holly Hill estate in Briarcliff Manor, which were previously valued at roughly $9.7 million. But they sold for $18.8 million, according to Sothebys officials, who called the sale remarkable. Astor died in 2007 at the age of 105.
Sothebys New York auction of Property from the Estate of Brooke Astor concluded on 25 September with an impressive total of $18,828,109, surpassing its high estimate of $9.7 million, accords to a press release from Sothebys. A remarkable 95 percent of the 901-lot auction was sold, as buyers competed for paintings, drawings, Chinese works of art, furniture and decorative art from Mrs. Astors New York City and Westchester residences, as well as jewelry from her personal collection.
Some of the highest selling items included John Frederick Lewis "A Memlook Bey, Egypt" which sold for $1.5 million and Canalettos "Capriccio with the Loggetta of Sansovino" selling for $1.2 million, according to auction officials. Astors platinum, emerald and diamond ring, estimated at about $150,000 sold for $1.2 million.
Numerous New York charities, including Sleepy Hollows Historic Hudson Valley, were slated to receive proceeds from the auction. But Briarcliff Manors All Saints Episcopal Church and Ossinings Trinity Church, which received money from Astors will , were not included in the charities benefiting from the auction.
To my knowledge were not getting any additional money, said Trinity Warden Tamsen Hernandez. Ive not heard anything and Im sure I would have if we were getting more from the proceeds of the auction.
Sothebys officials confirmed last week that All Saints and Trinity were not on the list of charities benefiting from the auction.