I was over the moon this morning when I learned that Sotheby’s London will be auctioning off the collection of Deborah, the Duchess of Devonshire (one of the six famous Mitford sisters). The late Duchess was an English style icon and her home, Chatsworth, is one of the finest estates in England. I ate up her memoir, Wait for Me!, and have always admired the down-to-earth duchess’ fine taste in fashion and decor. The auction, which will take place March 2, includes over 450 pieces, from a brass lobster inkwell to a first edition of Evelyn Waugh’s beloved novel, Brideshead Revisted. Simon is encouraging me to hop on a plane to London to catch the preview (Feb 27-March 1), but I’m torn as we will have just arrived in Copenhagen. Sotheby’s preview of Brooke Astor’s estate in New York was one of the most inspiring exhibitions I’ve ever seen… What do you think, should make the trip?! Learn more about the upcoming sale here.
(images 2 and 4 by Cecil Beaton, images 5 and 7 by Simon Upton via W Magazine, final portrait via Vanity Fair)