Christie's to auction items from the late Betsy Bloomingdale's L.A. Estate


Christie's has released the sale catalogue for the auction of ‘Betsy Bloomingdale: A Life in Style’, featuring the contents of Mrs. Bloomingdale’s Hollywood Regency villa – considered to be one of the final remaining extant and complete commissions by designer William Haines. The collection will be on view at Christie’s New York April 1-4 with a live auction on April 5, and online sale from March 30 to April 6. Mrs. Bloomingdale was a figure synonymous with glamor, philanthropy, and Los Angeles society. The collection presented at Christie’s complements its owner presenting approximately 300 lots of enduring style comprised of William Haines design, antique furniture, works of art, Chinese and European porcelain, fashion, jewelry, and accessories.

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Among the objects revealed with the catalogue’s release are iconic couture pieces by Christian Dior, Oscar de la Renta, and Valentino, complete with hand-written notecards by Mrs. Bloomingdale marking what occasion each piece was worn, complemented by an offering of jewelry and accessories. The sale includes an expansive medley of signature pieces of William Haines design, represented by furniture, lamps, and decorative objects. Antique highlights include the Early George III Mahogany Dining Table, circa 1760 (estimated at US$10,000-20,000) and the Set of Fourteen George III Mahogany Dining Chairs (estimated at US$20,000-30,000), that often set the stage for Mrs. Bloomingdale’s celebrated dinners and included some of the most well-known names in Hollywood, politics, business, and fashion.

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The online sale taking place March 30-April 6, will be on view at Christie’s New York concurrently, and is broken into two sections: Life, comprising of William Haines design, art and antiques, entertaining-ware, and books, many of which feature personal dedications; and Style comprising of clothing, accessories and jewelry.

Together the auctions encompass nearly 300 lots with estimates on individual items ranging from under US$1,000 up to US$40,000 and are expected to realize in excess of US$1 million. In December 2016, Christie’s auctioned a collection of 12 pieces of jewelry belonging to Mrs. Bloomingdale, in which all the lots offered were sold, totalling over US$4 million.

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