Just in Time for the Downton Finale! Duchess of Devonshire's Amazing Collection Nabs $2.4 Million

Duchess of Devonshire's Amazing Collection Nabs $2.4 Million
Duchess of Devonshire
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03/03/2016 AT 12:55 PM EST

Violet Crawley, take note!

Part of the estate of Deborah, Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, has sold in London for more than $2.4 million.

The Duchess, who died in 2014, was the last of the Mitford sisters, vivacious aristocratic girls who were at the epicentre of British political and cultural life during the interwar Jazz years.

The brood of six female siblings produced writers (Nancy, Diana, Jessica), a civil rights activist (Jessica), a controversial Nazi sympathizer (Unity), and the wife of a jockey (Pamela).



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During World War II, Deborah married Lord Andrew Cavendish and, after her father-in-law's death in 1950, she became the Duchess of Devonshire.

After her husband died, she moved from Chatsworth, the family's ancestral home, to a smaller property in the nearby village of Edensor. The items sold in the auction were those the Dowager took with her from Chatsworth to Edensor.



The sale reflected a life lived at the zenith of the 20th century among now vanished aristocratic circles that rival the lives of Lady Mary and Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, in Downtown Abbey".

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Her expansive collection of Elvis memorabilia, includes records, photographs, toys and a cardboard cutout

Sotheby's Auction House


Items that went under the hammer included her collection of Elvis memorabilia, her 18th century dressing table and a signed pre-publication copy of Brideshead Revisited, which fetched $74,000.

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Made of pearl and diamonds with rubies for eyes, this creepy crawler was a gift from Deborah's husband, Andrew, the 11th Duke of Devonshire.

Sotheby's Auction House


The Duchess, who was painted by Lucian Freud and photographed by Mario Testino, had a notable affinity for creative types, often filling Chatsworth with writers and artists for parties and weekend stays.

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This table is also from the Georgiana years, dating back to 1790.

Sotheby's Auction House


The most expensive items in the March 2 sale were a diamond and ruby brooch gifted to the Duchess, and a Japanese gilt-decorated lacquer guardian figure, which sold for over $88,000 each.

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