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Auctioneer says Rachel Mellon sales could bring $100M

| Thursday, July 3, 2014, 12:02 p.m.
Paul and Rachel 'Bunny' Mellon, circa 1987. Works from the estate of Bunny Mellon, who died in March, will be auctioned off this fall.

Some 2,000 objects from the estate of noted horticulturist and art patron Rachel “Bunny” Mellon will be auctioned this fall.

Sotheby's estimates the paintings, jewelry, furniture and decorative objects could bring more than $100 million. It says they will be offered in a series of sales.

Rachel was an heir to the Listerine fortune and widow of philanthropist Paul Mellon. She died in March at 103.

The auction will benefit the Gerard B. Lambert Foundation, which supports her renowned collection of horticultural books and manuscripts.

A close friend ofJacqueline Kennedy Onassis, she redesigned the White House Rose Garden in 1961.

During their lifetimes, the Mellons donated hundreds of works to the National Gallery of Art. The museum was founded by Paul's father, Pittsburgh industrialist Andrew Mellon.

— Associated Press

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