On November 20, Stair Galleries will offer over 250 lots from the Connecticut and NYC residences of the late High Society Crime Chronicler Dominick Dunne.
Here are my picks of the sale:
Lot #5: Various style coffee table books, many with signed inscriptions. This is just one offering of several inscribed books from Mr. Dunne's library. Buying a bulk lot at auction is a great way to stock up on gifts - and you can be sure your friend doesn't already have a book signed by John Galliano with a dedication to DD
Lot #118: Fifteen assorted throw pillows. Don't worry - I promise not to bring you a pillow as a hostess gift. I only want this lot for the wonderfully witty Brigid Berlin needlepoint pillows. For those who can't resist a royal provenance, a pair of Bedouin pillows given by Queen Noor are also in the lot. $75 - $125
Lot #165: Two Staffordshire Whippets: I love the idea of having dogs, and this pair are super elegant and don't shed. $100 - $200.
Lot #69: A Japanned cabinet on stand which came from Dunne's former wife Lenny Griffin Dunne. No television storage here - the inside is fitted with an arrangement of similarly decorated drawers. $800 - $1200.
Lot #77: A Chinoiserie mirror from Billy Haines. Dunne was friends with Haines and bought it directly from him for his Beverly Hills house. $300 - 500.