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  • 9 July 2019

RELEASE: Christie's Announces the Collection of Lee Bouvier Radziwill to be Auctioned - October 2019

"If I really can be said to have a personal style, I think it is reflected in my taste for the exotic and the unexpected. I like to create rooms which are essentially traditional—and then add touches of the bizarre and the delicious”

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New York — Christie's announces it has been entrusted with the sale of The Collection of Lee Bouvier Radziwill, slated for October 2019. A global symbol of sophistication and erudition, the late Ms. Radziwill’s personal collection will be featured in a dedicated exhibition and sale at Christie’s in Rockefeller Center that will celebrate Ms. Radziwill’s singular elegance, style and intellectual curiosity.

Regarded as one of the world’s greatest style icons, Ms. Radziwill was an aesthete known for her sartorial acumen. Her connoisseurship and love of art was nurtured from a young age when she famously began correspondence with the Renaissance art historian Bernard Berenson. As a teenager, she wrote to him, “I am so terribly thrilled when I find anything concerned with art and at the height of enjoyment in an art gallery or museum.”  

The contents of the collection offer a glimpse into Ms. Radziwill’s fascinating life, spanning her years as a prominent socialite, princess, designer, and witness to a momentous era in American history. Throughout her life, she developed friendships with many cultural figures of the 20th century such as Truman Capote, Andy Warhol, Peter Beard, Giorgio Armani, Rudolf Nureyev, Marc Jacobs, Sofia Coppola, The Rolling Stones and others, and was often cited as a muse. Her influential connections are reflected through her legendary interiors, on which she collaborated closely with Renzo Mongiardino. Fine and decorative art from her homes in Paris and New York feature prominently in the collection, as well as books, costume jewelry, photography and memorabilia.

Marc Porter, Chairman of Christie’s Americas, noted: “Lee Radziwill is remembered by all who knew her as a symbol of sophistication and connoisseurship, with a fascinating life story. It will be Christie’s honor to share Ms. Radziwill’s personal collection with the world this October, as we invite an international audience of collectors, designers, tastemakers, and admirers to join us as we pay tribute to such an extraordinary life and legacy.”

The Collection of Lee Bouvier Radziwill will be a highlight of Christie’s fall Collector Week of auctions in New York. Full details of the sale contents will be announced in the coming weeks, and a complete sale catalogue will be available in September 2019.

Read HERE about the life of Lee Bouvier Radziwill.

About Christie’s

Founded in 1766, Christie’s is a world-leading art and luxury business. Renowned and trusted for its expert live and online auctions, as well as its bespoke private sales, Christie’s offers a full portfolio of global services to its clients, including art appraisal, art financing, international real estate and education. Christie’s has a physical presence in 46 countries, throughout the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Asia Pacific, with flagship international sales hubs in New York, London, Hong Kong, Paris and Geneva. It also is the only international auction house authorized to hold sales in mainland China (Shanghai).

Christie’s auctions span more than 80 art and luxury categories, at price points ranging from $200 to over $100 million. In recent years, Christie’s has achieved the world record price for an artwork at auction (Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvador Mundi, 2017), for a single collection sale (the Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller, 2018), and for a work by a living artist (Jeff Koons’ Rabbit, 2019).

Christie’s Private Sales offers a seamless service for buying and selling art, jewellery and watches outside of the auction calendar, working exclusively with Christie’s specialists at a client’s individual pace.

Recent innovations at Christie’s include the groundbreaking sale of the first NFT for a digital work of art ever offered at a major auction house (Beeple’s Everydays, March 2021), with the unprecedented acceptance of cryptocurrency as a means of payment. As an industry leader in digital innovation, Christie’s also continues to pioneer new technologies that are redefining the business of art, including the creation of viewing and bidding experiences that integrate augmented reality, global livestreaming, buy-now channels, and hybrid sales formats. 

Christie’s is dedicated to advancing responsible culture throughout its business and communities worldwide, including achieving sustainability through net zero carbon emissions by 2030, and actively using its platform in the art world to amplify under-represented voices and support positive change.

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