(CBS/AP) - An auction of 200 items that once filled the home of jazz singer and actress Lena Horne sold Wednesday for $316,000, more than double the highest pre-sale estimate.
The late star's belongings from her Manhattan apartment were auctioned at Doyle New York. They epitomized her sophisticated taste: French-style furnishing, elegant costumes, jewelry and fine art.
A sequined cardigan that was estimated to sell around $100-200 was sold to a buyer for $1,125. While a small Louis Vuitton trunk with stickers inscribed Lena Horne Hayton was sold for $20,000 - far above its pre-sales estimate of $500-$700. And a soft leather vanity case monogrammed with a LH was estimated at $200 to $400 sold for $6,250.
Horne's favorite designer was Giorgio di Sant' Angelo, and a reversible mink coat by the Italian creator was estimated at $300 to $500 but sold for $8,125. A Chanel five-strand choker of gold-tone metal links and faux baroque pearls had a $1,000 to $1,200 pre-sale estimate. It sold for $2,000.
The auction house said the estimates were based on current market values, but the celebrity provenance was the "X factor" that would determine the price at auction.
The highest priced item in the sale was a colorful abstract painting by African American artist and muralist Charles Alston, which was estimated to bring $30,000 to $50,000. But it brought in only $20,000.