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Brooke Astor NY auction to offer 800 items

This undated photo provided by Sotheby's shows a gold, a colored diamond, coral and ruby lion brooch that belonged to the late philanthropist Brooke Astor. Sotheby's said the piece will be offered at a New York auction of the late philanthropist's personal items which will include some 800 items to be offered Sept. 24-25 from Astor's Park Avenue duplex and her stone manor in Westchester. This undated photo provided by Sotheby's shows a gold, a colored diamond, coral and ruby lion brooch that belonged to the late philanthropist Brooke Astor. Sotheby's said the piece will be offered at a New York auction of the late philanthropist's personal items which will include some 800 items to be offered Sept. 24-25 from Astor's Park Avenue duplex and her stone manor in Westchester. (AP Photo/Sotheby's)
March 15, 2012
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NEW YORK—A New York auction of the late philanthropist Brooke Astor's personal items will include designer jewelry and a wide range of furniture and decorative arts.

The highlights include paintings of her favorite subject -- dogs.

Sotheby's said Thursday some 800 items will be offered Sept. 24-25 from Astor's Park Avenue duplex and a mansion in Westchester County.

The proceeds will benefit her favorite charities. They include the New York Public Library, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Animal Medical Center in Manhattan.

Other highlights include Chinese lacquer furniture dating to the Qing (KIHNG) dynasty and old master drawings.

Astor died in 2007 at age 105.

Her son, Anthony Marshall, was found guilty in 2009 of exploiting her dementia to help himself to millions of dollars. He's free pending appeal.

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