Patricia Kluge’s draperies from Albemarle House in Virginia go on the auction block
By Jura Koncius,
It’s curtains for the Kluge window treatments.
Kluge, ex-wife of the late billionaire John Kluge, lost the 45-room English country manor house in a foreclosure. Donald Trump bought the vineyards around the house and reportedly is considering buying Albemarle.
A Sotheby’s auction last June of Kluge’s Albemarle antiques and jewelry netted $15 million.
Whoever ends up in the 24,000-square-foot mansion will find the windows bare. The auction includes dozens of pairs of frothy window confections created by designer David Easton in the 1980s. Styles are in the over-the-top, “Bonfire of the Vanities” manner: swags, braided fringe, tassels, gilded cornices and yards and yards of silks, brocades and chintzes.
“We think it’s a timeless look,” says Elizabeth Wainstein, Potomack’s owner. She added that some of the fabrics and trims used for the high-end designs sell for hundreds of dollars per yard.
Most of the curtains are being sold in pairs, with starting estimates of less than $1,000. The 103 Kluge lots also include sporting guns, garden ornaments and African art.
One of the lowest-priced offerings: a lily of the valley print shower curtain with an estimated value of $80 to $120.
Items can be previewed Thursday and Friday at the Potomack Co., 526 N. Fayette St., Alexandria. The auction is 10 a.m. Saturday. For information, go to www.potomackcompany.com or call 703-684-4550.