She had kept all of her correspondence and didnt throw anything away, so that can explain so many treasured items that will be featured. The pre auction estimates are around $100 Million dollars. ( two of her Rothko paintings have already sold to private buyers for $250 Million dollars) Mark Rothko was an American painter of Russian descent that was an abstract expressionist painter. Bunny had come across his loft in New York and immediately purchased 13 of his paintings.
|Rachel "Bunny" Lambert Mellon|
Her husband Paul was a primary benefactor of the Washington's National Gallery of Art. During Pauls lifetime they had donated or loaned over 900 pieces of art to the national museum. Some of the works included Cézanne’s “Boy in a Red Waistcoat”; paintings by Rothko; animal sculptures by Alexander Calder; Winslow Homer’s “Dad’s Coming”; Picassos, Gauguins, Bonnards and Vuillards; a Manet; the original wax version of Degas’s “Little 14-Year-Old Dancer”; and postcards that had been written by Van Gogh and Matisse. Over the years, he served as its president, chairman and honorary trustee.
At the time in 1948 they were one of the country's wealthiest couples that devoted their time to philanthropy and supporting the arts. Another of his passions was thoroughbreds and had stables for 40 horses on their Virgina estate.
|Paul and Bunny Mellon at the 1993 Kentucky Derby, his horse Sea Hero won|
|Front view of Oak Spring Estate (main building on the property)|
|Gorgeous picture of the Oak Spring Library that contains 10,000 manuscripts and books|
|Her infamous greenhouse in Virginia|
|Aerial view of the 4,000 acres at Upperville, Va including an air strip|
|Aerial view of their estate in Antigua|
|Bunny Mellon with Jackie Kennedy in 1961 in Boston|
|Great picture of Bunny doing what she loved, gardening~|
|Bunny and her husband Paul with Lady Bird Johnson|
|A fabulous Gold and Diamond Rivière, Cartier Late 1940’s graduated design, set with 29 old European-cut diamonds weighing approximately 111.00tcw, the clasp set with a round Fancy Deep Yellow diamond weighing 4.20 carats pre|
|Mark Rothko "Yellow Expanse" painting, sold for undisclosed amount, possible $150 Million|
|1957 8 foot tall blue canvas called No. 14 originally owned by Nelson Rockefeller|
|Artist Mark Rothkos with one of his abstract canvases|
I'll follow up with the auction results next month, until then keep sparkling!