What didn’t interest Malcolm Forbes? The late publisher collected art, hot air balloons, historical documents, yachts, real estate, motorcycles, maritime artifacts and toys—thousands of them. Now, yet another of his remarkable collections will be sold. That would be the contents—500 lots strong– of Old Battersea House, the 17th century London home, which he restored in 1970. Among the featured lots at the Lyon & Turnbull sale is “For the Squire,” an oil by Sir John Everett Millais, estimated at $800,000-$1.28m.
Update: The Millais painting sold above its low estimate for $886,412, and the Queen’s bloomers swelled to $15,000, more than three times the high estimate.
Another highly valued artwork at the November 1st sale in Edinburgh is Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones’ oil, “Study for the Mirror of Venus” (est. $320,000-$480,000). For those whose interests may lie outside art, a number of items related to Queen Victoria will be offered, including her kid gloves (est. $480-800), white silk nightie (est. $1280-1800), and silk bloomers ($3200-4800).