SOTHEBY’S TO AUCTION FASHIONS FROM MARTHA PHILLIPS ESTATE

NEW YORK — Fashion will be in the spotlight at Sotheby’s on Tuesday when designs created for the late Martha Phillips will be auctioned.
Phillips, who founded the Martha boutiques, was one of America’s top high-fashion salon retailers, and the auction will offer 19 gowns created for her by such designers as Valentino, Norman Norell, Bill Blass, Christian Lacroix and Gianfranco Ferre.
Jewelry and accessories, including a 41.5-carat emerald ring by David Webb, will also be auctioned off. Phillips’s gown and jewelry collection is expected to generate sales from $200,000 to $260,000, all of which will go to her estate, according to Sotheby’s.
Fine art and furnishings will be auctioned off on April 24 and 25, the spokeswoman said. A three-day public display of the overall collection ends Friday.
Phillips died last September at age 98. She started her business in 1932, and a Martha shop currently operates in Palm Beach.

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