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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Interiors from America’s Most Expensive Chateau to Hit the Auction Block | In the Air: Art+Auction's Gossip Column

Sotheby’s announced Monday that it will hold a sale of the furniture collection of Suzanne Saperstein on April 19. Ms. Saperstein is best known for the $125 million Bel Air mansion — called Fleur de Lys — she has had on the market since the finalization of her messy divorce from weather helicopter magnate David I. Saperstein. Much of the furniture she used to decorate the house is antique and dates back to the 18th century, the golden age of French chateaux.

The top lot is a Louis XIV ormolu-mounted boulle marquetry coffer on stand (c. 1710) attributed to André-Charles Boulle, which is estimated to sell for $800,000-1.2 million. Ms. Saperstein, for her part, seems eager to unload her castle and its accoutrements. She said in a statement, “I look forward to the new chapter of my life that will begin with the sale of Fleur de Lys – a time to be spent with my family and on my new pursuits.”

Just what kind of new pursuits follow the building of a $125 million period piece in Beverly Hills? We’d love to know.

Shane Ferro

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Interiors from America’s Most Expensive Chateau to Hit the Auction Block. This is my favorite home in Holmby Hills and I have had the pleasure of having dinner and going to parties here and the collection of antiques is simply amazing. Several of the pieces belonged to Marie Antoinette herself.
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