LONDON – She charmed the likes of Winston Churchill, Lucian Freud, Cecil Beaton and the Kennedys, and as of this afternoon, Deborah, the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, captured the hearts of more than 1,000 enthusiastic bidders at Sotheby’s. Today’s historic sale of art, antiques and collectibles from the Old Vicarage, the Duchess’s 18th-century home on the Chatsworth Estate, totalled £1,777,838 – more than three times its estimate. In a testament to her fascinating friends and many interests, nearly 90 per cent of the 400-plus eclectic lots sold above their high estimates. Click ahead to see 15 of the most surprising and delightful objects from this memorable sale. LAUNCH SLIDESHOW
Having been lucky enough to meet her on several occasions, Vanity Fair contributing writer James Reginato reflects on Deborah, the Duchess of Devonshire. Before her personal treasures head to auction on 2 March in London, learn about her fascinating life, from being born into the eclectic and beloved Mitford family to inheriting and restoring Chatsworth alongside her husband, the 10th Duke of Devonshire.
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