It isn’t the sort of thing Sotheby’s ordinarily does, but then again this isn’t the sort of house one ordinarily encounters. For the first time in 20 years, Sotheby’s will conduct a 2-day home auction, selling the vast contents of Virginia billionaire Patricia Kluge’s 45-room Albermarle House, near Charlottesville, Virginia.
Included in the sale, to be held on May 31st in the Neo-Georgian mansion, will be Kluge’s entire collection: furniture, paintings, sporting guns, jewels, decorative objects, even her gowns, all of which will be on view to anyone who purchases a catalog, a “once in a lifetime opportunity,” says Sotheby’s, to see a collection and a spectacular setting that Kluge simply describes as “grand.” Also for sale is the house itself, designed in collaboration with David Easton and now listed with 300 acres for $48 million, down from the $100 million price tag Kluge set a year ago. Kluge plans to resettle, in more “streamlined” fashion, on her nearby vineyard.
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