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Hundreds of Lee Radziwill's Belongings Are Being Auctioned Right Now, Including a Bracelet She Once Gave Jackie Kennedy as a Gift

In her 85 years of life, Lee Bouvier Radziwill was many things. She was an American style icon. She was a socialite. She was an actress and an interior decorator, each for a brief time. She was American royalty, as the younger sister of First Lady Jackie Kennedy. And she even became actual royalty, acquiring a princess title after marrying a Polish prince in 1959.  So it comes as no surprise that, up until her death in February 2019, Radziwill lived a life filled with beautiful things. And now, some of her most prized possessions are on display — and for sale — at Christie’s. The Collection of Lee Bouvier Radziwill is on display in New York, featuring jewelry, handbags, fine art, books, and home decor items, as of Oct. 11. The auction will begin on Oct. 17 (10 a.m. EST), shoppable in person and online, and according to Christie’s Associate Vice President and Specialist Liz Seigel, there are a few pieces in particular that will generate major interest.  “I think the moonstone and gold charm bracelet is going to go wild,” Seigel tells InStyle of the heirloom, which is estimated to take in between $1,000 and $1,500. “It was a 20th birthday gift from Lee to her sister, Jackie. It’s inscribed ‘J.L.B FROM C.L.B., JULY 28, 1949’ and also features another inscription in French [that translates to] ‘Whistle if you want me’ alongside a little gold whistle. It’s a charming memento of their close relationship, which is so lovingly portrayed in the book they wrote together, One Special Summer — and the book is also included in the auction.” The book club edition of the duo’s illustrated travel journal, inscribed by both sisters “With all best wishes,” is expected to sell in the range of $4,000 to $6,000, and a deluxe first edition of the book is also for sale. Other notable items include albums documenting Radziwill’s visits to India and Pakistan with Kennedy. “Those are so special,” says Seigel. “Each photograph in the beautifully bound albums is fantastic, and offers such an evocative view into both the personal and politic world in which they lived.”  RELATED: The Sad Reason Jackie Kennedy's Clothes Were Donated to a Convent After She Died Just like Radziwill herself, “the lots being offered for sale are timeless,” says Seigel. Check out some of our favorite pieces being auctioned below (note: the estimated price listed for each lot indicates what the Christie’s team expects it to sell for) and head to christies.com to view the full collection.

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