Lee Bouvier Radziwill (1933-2019) went down in history as one of the most elegant, refined, and cultivated socialites. She was not only Jackie Kennedy Onassis’ sister but also a princess, actress, interior designer, writer, art collector, and the ultimate social Swan. At the legendary Black and White masked ball at The Plaza in 1966, Lee was one of the most in-demand guests and she remained a supernova for the rest of her life. Admired and loved by many, Lee became a legendary high society figure that fascinated the likes of Truman Capote, Stanislaw Albrecht Radziwill, Andy Warhol, and even Aristotle Onassis. She collaborated with world-famous fashion and interior designers such as Giorgio Armani and Renzo Mongiardino was friendly with Calvin Klein, Giambattista Valli, Andre Leon Tally, Valentino, and Marc Jacobs, and shared a close friendship with Andy Warhol and Peter Beard.

Lee Radziwill's living room in one of her New York City homes. CHRISTIE'S IMAGES LTD. 2019
Lee Radziwill’s living room in one of her New York City homes. CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD. 2019

As a timeless style icon that will surely continue to evoke images of elegance and sophistication, Lee remains a unique historic figure that fascinates entire generations through her remarkable life story and unique style choices. Lee’s apartments and homes were as curated and refined as her wardrobe, and as stated by her friends, Lee’s preference for the finer things in life set her apart from the masses. Evidently, Lee Bouvier Radziwill was an extraordinary character and now, her legions of fans can grab some Lee memorabilia thanks to a unique auction organized on October 17, 2019, by Christie’s.

The dining room at Lee Bouvier Radziwill’s home in New York. christies
The dining room at Lee Bouvier Radziwill’s home in New York. CHRISTIE’S

Christie’s will offer the carefully curated personal collection during the Collector Week sales in New York and it will feature photography, books, art pieces, and personal objects. “Fine and decorative art from her homes in Paris and New York [will] feature prominently in the collection,” according to a Christie’s release.

The catalog of the collection includes astonishing collectible pieces such as a 5-pages spread of Lee Radziwill’s debut in The Philadelphia Story, furniture pieces from her own apartments, and personal letters. As a muse to endless artists and an artist herself, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the collection highlights some remarkable paintings, porcelain pieces, and drawings.

According to Christie’s Chairman Marc Porter, “Lee’s taste and style stand alone as a global symbol of sophistication and connoisseurship.” Consequently, it is estimated that the collection will become a success.