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While these things are lovely, the real interest in this sale are lots 85 to 119, garments and personal items that once belonged to the Duchess of Windsor.
These items from probably the most exquisite wardrobe in the world are being sold later this month in aid of the fund set up by Mohamed al Fayed in memory of his son, Dodi. He bought the Duke and Duchess of Windsor’s house in the Bois de Boulogne, and its contents, after Wallis’s death. The Dodi International Charitable Foundation helps children in need of medical care, and funds treatment for those with psychological and learning difficulties. Kerry Taylor also worked on the 1998 Sotheby’s New York Auction of the contents of the house, which the couple moved to in 1952. Lots 85 to 199 are expected to fetch between 43,000 and £69,000.