In today’s era of online shopping, social media, and next-day delivery, it’s easy to imagine coveting the boots, handbag, or dress worn by Kate Middleton or Meghan Markle and purchasing it for yourself. But can you imagine acquiring the very item worn by your favorite duchess? Not quite as easy, which is why we were both intrigued and excited to see what items were on view from the estate of an American royal, Lee Radziwill, this week at Christie’s auction house in New York City.
For those not familiar with the late fashion icon, Caroline Lee Radziwill (née Bouvier), more formally known as Princess Lee Radziwill, was an American socialite, PR executive, interior decorator, and the younger sister of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. A lifelong New Yorker, Princess Radziwill was given her title in 1959 when she married her second husband, Stanislaw Radziwill, a Polish prince. Although they divorced in 1974, Princess Radziwill went back to using her title after she divorced her third husband in 2001. A perennial feature in the society pages, one of Truman Capote’s storied “swans,” and included on Vanity Fair’s International Best Dressed Hall of Fame in 1996, Princess Radziwill was a worldly and beloved figure, and as close to American royalty as it gets.
While Lee and her sister, Jackie, were both known for their exquisite taste in fashion, the majority of the estate available at auction includes furnishings and other décor, in line with Radziwill’s professional passion. That said, we sorted through every single item available and selected a handful of accessories that not only represent this icon’s signature style but are also shockingly within the realm of affordability for us commoners. Browse these pieces below, and see the entire estate on Christie’s website. If anything strikes your fancy, why not place a bid? The auction begins at 10 a.m. ET on October 17 online and at Christie’s HQ in New York City.