QUEEN OF PARIS: Socialite style is all the rage: Sotheby’s is preparing to auction off the collection of Count and Countess de Ribes, ranging from rare paintings and books to the contents of the family mansion.
The auction is scheduled to take place on Dec. 11 and 12, with a second installment next spring — hot on the heels of Christie’s sale of the collection of Lee Radziwill, the sister of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, next October.
Considered by many to be the epitome of Parisian elegance — whom Valentino once dubbed “The Last Queen of Paris” — Jacqueline de Ribes was among the Swans written about by Truman Capote and was photographed by Richard Avedon. Now 90, she lost her husband Edouard in 2013.
“Following the recommendation of her late husband, the Countess decided it was time to part with the collection and share it with collectors around the world. Part of the proceeds will benefit charitable and cultural organizations,” Sotheby’s said in a statement.
The interior of the mansion of Count and Countess de Ribes in Paris.
The sale will comprise paintings and drawings from the 17th to the 19th century, sculpture, furniture and works of art. The first two auctions will focus on
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