Notice Regarding the Sale of Ivory and Tortoiseshell
Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing ivory or tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.
THE BARON AND BARONESS DI PORTANOVA
A Memoir by Meredith Etherington-Smith
To their many, many friends all over the world, it is difficult to believe two such life-enhancers as Sandra and Ricky have given their last party and spoiled their last house guest at Arabesque in Acapulco, surely one of the world's most extraordinary houses.
Ricky and Sandra were destined for each other. They loved each other; they lived an enchanted life and they shared their happiness and good fortune unstintingly. Ricky had the dashing good looks of a fifties' movie star - he always reminded me of Errol Flynn. And Sandra! To see the Baroness in ballgown and jewels setting forth from Claridges, in her sea green Rolls Royce, was to see a rare and exotic beauty in full sail. The Portanova's house in River Oaks, Houston was crammed full of wonderful pictures, furniture and objets de vertu. I remember one dinner party there; forty people were seated beside the pool at tables which Sandra had caused to be set with their Salvador Dali vermeil flatware together with the huge 'Moth and Flame' candelabras, which illuminated the event.
Their house in Acapulco was no less full of the beautiful and the extraordinary culled from their travels all over the world. Ricky would show one a rare shell, or an exquisite piece of Fabérgé hidden in a box. They assembled marvelous tablescapes and the dining table was never set with the same arrangement.
'Living well is the best revenge' might have been coined as Sandra and Ricky's motto. They lived an enchanted life and the world is poorer for their absence.
THE ENTRANCE HALL