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NYC sale of Lena Horne's belongings nets $316,000

Actress-singer Lena Horne is shown in New York City in 1957. Horne, who broke racial barriers as a Hollywood and Broadway star famed for her velvety rendition of "Stormy Weather," died Sunday, May 9, 2010, at age 92. (Photofest/WNET)
February 23, 2011 5:38:05 PM PST
The estate of sultry jazz singer and actress Lena Horne has sold some of the fancy gowns, jewelry, fine art and books that filled her New York City apartment.

The auction of more than 200 items brought a sales total of $316,000 Wednesday at the Doyle New York auction house. That was double the total the sale was expected to bring in.

Among the items sold was a small Louis Vuitton trunk with stickers inscribed "Lena Horne Hayton" that went for $20,000. It had been estimated at up to $700.

Other items also sold well above their estimated. A reversible mink coat by Horne's favorite designer, Giorgio di Sant' Angelo, sold for $8,125. It had been estimated to bring in up to $500.

But an abstract painting by artist Charles Alston that was expected to bring up to $50,000 was sold for $20,000.

Horne died in May at age 92.


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