Sotheby’s have secured the single-owner collection of Rachel Lambert Mellon, valued at more than $100m, for sale later this year in New York.
Chief executive Bill Ruprecht announced the consignment last
week. It comes from the estate of Mrs Mellon, who died earlier this
year aged 103.
Described as an intensely private woman, Mrs Mellon was the wife
of the banking heir and art collector Paul Mellon, with whom she
built a formidable collection over decades. Among her achievements
was her redesign of the White House rose garden at the request of
Sotheby's said that the consignment of around 2000 items
reflected the five main passions of her life: fashion, horses, art,
interior design and gardens.
Proceeds will benefit The Gerard B. Lambert Foundation, a
charitable entity supporting horticultural and educational
endeavours, established by Mrs Mellon in memory of her father.
Further details of the auction, which is expected to take place
in the autumn, will be released at a later date.
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