Lilly Pulitzer's personal writing desk
I am a firm believer that things happen for a reason, and I do not think it was a coincidence that at the very moment I was writing this blog post about Lilly's then upcoming estate auction, I was contacted by the Lilly Pulitzer PR team with the opportunity to guest post "Palm Beach Chic Décor" for the official Lilly Pulitzer Pinterest account. A shiver went up my spine when I received their email... I knew this was a sign! So my wonderful husband (he is SUCH a trooper!) and I drove up to West Palm yesterday morning for the auction, my heart pounding the entire way!
In addition to 600+ online bidders and nearly 400 advance bids, more than 400 Lilly fans from all over the country filled Leslie Hindman's auction house, and we were packed in like colorful Lilly Pulitzer/Jack Rogers-clad sardines. The auction started at 11 a.m. and when my husband and I arrived just after 10 a.m. it was already standing room only!
We pulled into the valet line behind this monogrammed Lilly Pulitzer Jeep.
Two and a half hours later, my desk (#67 out of 295 lots) was up, and I actually thought I might faint due to the combination of claustrophobia and excitement. After a heated bidding war with an unknown online bidder that seemed to last an eternity, the desk was mine! I wish we could have stayed until the end, but we were starving and exhausted, so we paid for the desk, loaded it up in the back of our SUV, and were on our merry way.
Final bid prices were all over the map, with many items reaching a premium due to their previous owner's iconic status. Items ranged from $100 for a Blanc de Chine lamp (sorry I missed that one) to $42,500 for a pair of Chinese vases valued at $2 - $4K. And a whimsical printed canvas map of Palm Beach went for $16,250!
Below are a few images from the auction catalogue, which you can download here. And if you would like to learn more about Lilly's Palm Beach home, which recently sold and thankfully will be renovated and kept in tact, click here.
"Lilly Pulitzer Rosseau opened a world of color and style to all who wished to enter it, and if you didn't, she would drag you in anyway. The most important things in her life were her family, her friends, and her animals. She filled her life with laughter, hugging, kissing, cooking, and entertaining with people she adored. No one loved throwing a party more; the more music and dancing, the better. Her life was a jungle of joy in which all were welcome. 'Come one, come all. Stay a day. Stay a month.' Mom had an open door policy for anyone and everyone, and she used her policy well. She loved people and life. She turned everything into magic. The world is a better place because of her. She taught us to throw color around, and instantly everything feels better. Thanks Mom! "
- Peter Pulitzer, Minnie Pulitzer McCluskey, and Liza Pulitzer Calhoun
I am delighted and honored to have this treasured piece of history in my home office, and I am delighted that I will be writing my blog posts, literally, "from the desk of Lilly Pulitzer"... Stay tuned as I finalize my office decor, and I will post pictures of Lilly's desk in its new home.