Christie’s Unveils the Collection of Lee Bouvier Radziwill in Advance of the Sale

Thousands may have wondered what the life of Lee Radziwill was really like, and now many can get a glimpse at Christie’s.
Furniture, books, personal belongings, costume jewelry, photography and sunglasses are among the style setter’s possessions that will go under the hammer later this month at the auction house. As of 10 a.m. Friday morning and running through Oct. 15, visitors can check out The Collection of Lee Bouvier Radziwill at the Rockefeller Center location. The sale will be held Oct.17. Watercolors of botanicals painted by Radziwill, Peter Beard-shot photography, Art Deco chairs and albums from Radziwill’s trip to Pakistan and India with her First Lady sister Jacqueline Kennedy will be in the mix.
Different vignettes — such as a perfectly set dining room table, an entranceway “charming mahogany setee” with reverse painted Indian mirrors and a library-type setting of books and shelves — are arranged just as Radziwill’s well-appointed eye once had imagined them, according to Christie’s Elizabeth Seigel. The intercontinental Radziwill’s many pursuits and interests included interior design, acting, art and travel. As a teenager, she started a correspondence with the Renaissance art historian Bernard Berenson.
Radziwill carried certain pieces through the years in her different homes and paid homage

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