Mrs. Astor’s Asian antiquities on sale now.

One of our good friends sent me a copy of Mrs. Astor Regrets after it came up in conversation while he was visiting us.

I literally read the entire book in one HK–> JFK flight and enjoyed every minute of it. I would say it’s elevated, non-fiction, well-written chick-lit, that men will also enjoy. It’s a titillating character study of American aristocrat and philanthropist Brooke Astor and her son’s elder abuse.

Due to her father’s career in the Navy, Brooke spent a lot of time in China during her childhood and when she came into her husband’s vast fortune she began collecting Asian antiquities. She’s also quite known for both conceiving of the idea and also paying for the Met’s Astor Court, “based on a small courtyard within a scholar’s garden in the city of Suzhou, China.”

Later this month, Sotheby’s will be auctioning off the contents of her Manhattan penthouse and her country estate Holly Hill (all these images are a few things that caught my eye from Sotheby’s catalog–didn’t she have quite fun, colorful taste for a socialite?). A big thanks to my friend Kirsten for alerting me to the upcoming auction.

Also included in the auction are a litany of portraits of her beloved dogs, 25 staff uniforms and, of course, some pretty significant bling! Kirsten commented on the menagerie quoting the Aboriginal saying, ‘the more you know, the less you need.’ So true. 

If you’re looking for a great beach read, I highly recc:

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