Auctioneer: Rachel Mellon sales could bring $100M
Jul. 03, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Some 2,000 objects from the estate of noted horticulturist, art patron and heir to the Listerine fortune Rachel "Bunny" Mellon will be auctioned this fall. Sotheby's estimates the paintings, jewelry, furniture and decorative objects could bring over $100 million. It says they will be offered in a series of sales. Rachel Mellon was the widow of philanthropist Paul Mellon. She died in March at 103. The auction will benefit The Gerard B. Lambert Foundation, which supports her renowned collection of horticultural books and manuscripts. A close friend of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, she redesigned the White House Rose Garden in 1961. During their lifetimes, the Mellons donated hundreds of works to the National Gallery of Arts. The museum was founded by Paul Mellon's father, the Pittsburgh industrialist Andrew Mellon.