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Deborah, Duchess of Devonshire Sale Reigns Supreme

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.