Auctioneer says Rachel Mellon sales could bring $100M
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 of Jacqueline 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.
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