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- July 21, 1997
- Vol. 48
- No. 3
Fit for a King
The Duke and Duchess of Windsor's Possessions Go on the Auction Block
Al Fayed, who also owns Harrods and the Hotel Ritz in Paris, spent more than $30 million restoring the villa and its contents to look, he once told The New York Times, "as if the Duke and Duchess had just gone out to dinner." While Sotheby's predicts the sale will gross between $5 and $7 million (proceeds will go to children's charities), with curios like the Duchess's eyeglasses and the Duke's adjustable-length safari shorts available, the auction will surely run higher. "It's an extraordinary collection," says Sotheby's Joseph Friedman. "Al Fayed had a hard time parting with it." Maybe not that hard. "[It's] a great fantasy which I love to live in," he told PEOPLE in 1990, but "it sometimes gives you the creeps."
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