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Estate Auction Of Briarcliff's Brooke Astor Fetches $18.8M

BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. – Items from Brooke Astor’s estates pulled in more than $18 million in auction, nearly double original estimates.

Sotheby’s New York auctioned off more than 900 items this week. The sale included items from Astor’s 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 Sotheby’s officials, who called the sale “remarkable.” Astor died in 2007 at the age of 105.

“Sotheby’s 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 Sotheby’s. “A remarkable 95 percent of the 901-lot auction was sold, as buyer’s competed for paintings, drawings, Chinese works of art, furniture and decorative art from Mrs. Astor’s 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 Canaletto’s "Capriccio with the Loggetta of Sansovino" selling for $1.2 million, according to auction officials. Astor’s platinum, emerald and diamond ring, estimated at about $150,000 sold for $1.2 million.

Numerous New York charities, including Sleepy Hollow’s Historic Hudson Valley, were slated to receive proceeds from the auction. But Briarcliff Manor’s All Saints’ Episcopal Church and Ossining’s Trinity Church, which received money from Astor’s will , were not included in the charities benefiting from the auction.

“To my knowledge we’re not getting any additional money,” said Trinity Warden Tamsen Hernandez. “I’ve not heard anything and I’m sure I would have if we were getting more from the proceeds of the auction.”

Sotheby’s officials confirmed last week that All Saints’ and Trinity were not on the list of charities benefiting from the auction.

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