Palm Beach Modern’s January 17 Auction Explores Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Love of Couture
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. Jan. 6, 2015 PRLog With her impeccable eye for design and effortless ability to set global fashion trends, Perfect Quality Louis Vuitton Replica Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was the 20th century’s most influential style icon. While the entire world was able to admire her wardrobe choices via the media, very few were invited behind the scenes where she collaborated one on one with her favorite designers. That very private aspect of the late first lady’s life is the focus of a January 17 Modern Design, Art Fashion Accessories auction to be held at Palm Beach Modern’s (PBMA) exhibition center in West Palm Beach, Florida.
The auction’s centerpiece is an archive of personal notes from Jacqueline Onassis to Bill Hamilton, longtime design director for Carolina Herrera. “Bill dressed Jackie Onassis almost exclusively from the mid 1980s until her passing in 1994. The notes in his archive show that their relationship wasn’t just about business; he and Mrs. Onassis were friends, as well,” said PBMA auctioneer and co owner Rico Baca. “Some of the notes reveal how involved she was in the design process, but others are very warm notes expressing appreciation for things Bill had done for her.”
Onassis had very definite ideas about detail and fit, and she conveyed them skillfully, Baca said. Auction Lot 51, consisting of a handwritten letter and two notes on blue personal cards imprinted “1040 Fifth Avenue,” includes such comments as: “The zebra costume looks great but it could use a new pair of trousers in the same cut if the material still exists. If you take the replica louis vuitton handbags padding out of the cap sleeves that should help a lot.” She goes on to say, “I am most excited about my brown velvet suit very narrow pants please!” and in a postscript asks, “Could you send a brown satin sample to Manolo Blahnik. I’ll call about shoes.”
Another six lots are from interior designer Richard replica louis vuitton bags Keith Langham, who worked for Keith Discount Replica Louis Vuitton Bags Irvine (1928 2011), an Onassis favorite known for his English country house style. Langham’s eclectic archive includes thoughtfully composed thank you notes and (Lot 60a) an illustrated cheap louis vuitton bags from china book titled The White House, inscribed: “For Richard Perhaps this great house will know your touch one replica designer handbags day your friend Jacqueline Kennedy” (dated March 4, 1987). Her opinions were plainly but politely expressed in notes such as the one that says, “I wasn’t mad about the black chairs. Too heavy I’m afraid so do keep looking. Thank you. J Onassis.” Each of the Langham lots is estimated at $800 $1,200.
Interspersed among the Hamilton and Langham lots are six group lots of silver replica louis vuitton bags from china gelatin prints from the estate of society photographer Robert Davidoff. “For 40 years Bob Davidoff was the Kennedy family’s official photographer when they were in residence in Palm Beach,” said Baca. “They felt very comfortable with him, so he had privileged access to them during informal moments.” Photos to be auctioned include Lot 49 cheap louis vuitton bags from china uk , Jacqueline Onassis with Jayne (Mrs. Charles) Wrightsman at West Palm Beach Airport; Lot 62, Jacqueline fake louis bag with President Kennedy aaa replica designer handbags and Robert F. Kennedy; and Lot 57, Jacqueline with a young John Jr. en route to church. In the latter photo, the first lady wears a lace mantilla, a choice that sparked an instant trend among female churchgoers.
PBMA will follow the archival lots with luxury goods, including a superb selection of designer handbags, jewelry, shoes and briefcases. The grouping is led by Lot 79, a rare Hermes nilo crocodile Kelly handbag with traditional sellier styling (having well defined corners). The luxe bag, which retains its original box and dust bag, has been consigned by Architectural Digest editor emeritus Paige Rense Noland to benefit the Humane Society of the United States. “Mrs. Noland used to pass Hermes on Madison Avenue on the way to work each day. That led to many irresistible buying opportunities, and she was able to amass a fantastic collection of Hermes bags replica louis vuitton over the years,” said Baca. With a starting bid of $9,000, Lot 79 is expected to reach $15,000 $20,000.
Other handbag highlights include: Lot 78, an Hermes travel Birkin bag, est. $10,000 $15,000; Lot 68, a Lady Dior “Andy Warhol” handbag from a limited edition of 10, purchased new at Dior in Saks high quality designer replica handbags wholesale , Boca Raton, Fla., est. $3,000 $5,000; and Lot 80, a pre 1960 Hermes Paris beaded clasp handbag with silver chain, est. $3,000 $5,000. From a Louis Vuitton limited edition, Lot 66 is a rare backpack of trademark monogrammed canvas and leather, est. $3,000 $5,000.
Topping the jewelry section is Lot 94, a rare 1968 Coppola E Toppo for Valentino choker comprised of black glass tubes and roses montees affixed to a weft of black half crystal faceted beads. Estimate: $7,000 $9,000.
Superior quality modern furniture will be offered, including a collection of designs by Gio Ponti. Lot 162, a Ponti for Singer Sons walnut and glass cabinet, could take top lot honors and is estimated at $20,000 $25,000.
Lot 324 is a Charles Ray Eames for Herman Miller rosewood and leather lounge chair and ottoman in a rare pastel pink custom color, est. $4 dolabuy ,000 $6,000. Other noteworthy furnishings include Lot 34, a John Dickinson painted plaster “African” tripodal table, est. $7,000 $9,000; and Lots 35 and 36, two other Dickinson “footed” tables.
The auction also offers a stylish way for some lucky bidder to return home with their high quality replica handbags china purchases. Lot 104 is a 1956 red Ford Thunderbird with Continental kit and both hard and soft tops. Bidding on this pampered American motoring classic with only 12,000 recorded miles will open at $30,000.
Hermes nilo crocodile Kelly handbag consigned by ‘Architectural Digest’ editor emeritus Paige Rense Noland to benefit the Humane Society of the United States, est. $15,000 $20,000; and one of many silver gelatin prints of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis taken by Palm Beach society photographer the late Robert Davidoff. PBMA imageRico BacaArtemis Gallery Aug 3 Fine Antiquities, Asian, Ethnographic Art Auction Rich with Cultural Classics.