Christie’s has announced the upcoming auction of Betsy Bloomingdale: A Life in Style, featuring the contents of Mrs. Bloomingdale’s Hollywood Regency villa, one of the final remaining extant and complete commissions by designer William Haines.
Alfred and Betsy Bloomingdale moved into their iconic Holmby Hills residence in 1958. Charmed by the propertys high-ceilinged rooms and location of Sunset Boulevard, they commissioned Haines to transform the 1930s Spanish Colonial into a semi-modern Palladian palazzo filled with English furniture, French paintings, and Oriental antiques.
Every single item in the auction catalogue is incredible, and today we will take a tour of the fabulous home. Photography credit: Spencer Lowell courtesy of Christie’s via Christie’s Images LTD 2017.
The collection presented by Christie’s includes approximately 300 lots comprised of William Haines design, antique furniture, works of art, Chinese and European porcelain, fashion, jewelry, and accessories. Items include iconic couture pieces by Christian Dior, Oscar de la Renta, and Valentino, complete with hand-written notecards by Mrs. Bloomingdale marking what occasion each piece was worn, complemented by an offering of jewelry and accessories.
The collection will be on view at Christie’s New York April 1-4 with a live auction on April 5 and online sale March 30-April 6. Click here for additional information and to register.
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/193795590185308804 Here is a photo of a party at the house in 1959, with all the ladies in couture gowns. The house is completely and utterly fashionable and chic, and nothing could make it more so. What I don't understand is why Tom Ford would want to discard one of the few remaining Haines decor schemes. The mind reels. He could refresh whatever needs refreshing, but that interior is so iconic. What is he thinking?
I recently toured Sunnylands, also decorated by William Haines, and I notice similarities in some of the furniture pieces. Timeless and fabulous!
Well $#/+^…I'm deeply regretting my recent Kirklands purchases.��