Auctioneer believes Rachel Mellon sales could bring $100M

Property from the estate of noted horticulturist, philanthropist and heir to the Listerine fortune Rachel “Bunny” Mellon is going on the auction block this fall.
The Associated Press Published: July 6, 2014
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— Property from the estate of noted horticulturist, philanthropist and heir to the Listerine fortune Rachel “Bunny” Mellon is going on the auction block this fall.

Over 2,000 paintings, jewelry, furniture and decorative objects are estimated to bring more than $100 million, according to Sotheby’s.

The proceeds will benefit The Gerard B. Lambert Foundation, which supports The Oak Spring Garden Library in Upperville, Virginia. The library houses Mellon’s collection of rare books, manuscripts and works of art related to landscape design, horticulture and natural history that is visited by scholars worldwide.

Mellon was the widow of philanthropist Paul Mellon. She died in March at 103.

The auction house did not provide details but said the objects were drawn from the couple’s homes in the United States and abroad and would be offered in a series of sales in the fall.

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