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Sep 12, 2014 11:34 AM

2 Rothko paintings among Mellon auction items

The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) Two Mark Rothko paintings are among the objects heading to auction from the estate of Rachel "Bunny" Mellon.

Mellon was a noted horticulturist, philanthropist and heir to the Listerine fortune.

The paintings could fetch upward of $30 million and $20 million at Sotheby's New York galleries on Nov. 10.

The auction house on Friday detailed some of the 2,000 items being sold in several sales that could bring more than $100 million.

Among Mellon's jewelry is a Fancy Vivid Blue diamond estimated to bring up to $15 million on Nov. 20.

Furniture and other home interior items will be offered Nov. 21-23.

Proceeds will benefit The Gerard B. Lambert Foundation, which supports The Oak Spring Garden Library in Upperville, Virginia.

Mellon died in March at 103. Her husband was philanthropist Paul Mellon.


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