The Real Doris Duke Sale


Oh my.

Forget the priceless jewels Christie's sold a few years back. Property from Doris Duke's residences Duke Farms and Falcon Lair will be on the block May 2 and May 3 in Morristown, NJ courtesy of Millea Bros. auctioneers. We're talking light fixtures, Tony Duquette be-shelled sculptures, those huge curved sofas! Proceeds will benefit the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Click here to peruse the online catalogue, deliciously categorized by room, including Bernard's Room, the Hollywood Dressing Room #2 (which the hallowed McMillen firm helped DD with) and even selections from her New York apartment (now owned by gossip columnist Cindy Adams) and her Los Angeles estate Falcon Lair (onced owned by Rudolph Valentino) - both of which were decorated by Tony Duquette.

DD's New York bathroom as decorated by Tony Duquette

From the Bamboo Room
Lot 499: Suite of bamboo and rattan seat furniture

First half of 20th Century, comprising: (2) 3-seat sofas and (2) club chairs, with leopard print upholstered cushions, sofa: 29"h x 84"l x 34"d, chair: 26.5"h x 28.5"w x 32"d -
Estimate: 700-1,000

Pair of andirons from DD's bedroom
Lot 612: Pair Art Deco andirons in the manner of Jean Perzel
Each composed of stacked glass panels inserted into a stepped nickel-plated base, 16"h x 5.5"w x 5"d - Condition: overall fair/poor, many glass plates chipped or broken at base, pitting to metal - Provenance: The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
Estimate: 250-350

For more information on Duke style, look out for an article I wrote for an upcoming issue of Veranda magazine on the decoration of Miss Duke's residences.

Top photo: detail of a screen from the Hollywood Dressing Room #2
Lot 574: Attributed to Boris Lovet-Lorski (1899-1973, American), painting
First half 20th Century, three-panel floor screen with Neo-classical and "God Unknown" bust motif, unsigned, 68"h x 21"w (each panel)
Estimate: 1,000-1,500