BEVERLY, Mass. – Kaminski Auctions will auction property from the estate of Mrs. Henry Ford II on April 9, 10 and 11. The sale will include furnishings, porcelain dinner services, and personal clothing, handbags, and accessories from the Palm Beach Florida mansion of Kathleen “Kate” DuRoss Ford, wife of the eldest grandson of Ford founder Henry Ford. Henry Ford II devoted his life to the Ford Motor Company as president, CEO and chairman.
The April auction features more than 1,500 lots and will be followed by a second auction in May, Part II of the Mrs. Henry Ford II collection. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Lots include a royal blue Elie Saab evening gown, estimated at $400-$800; a Louis Vuitton motorcycle helmet, estimated at $1,500-$2,500; an English Regency style serpentine front sofa, estimated at $800-$1,200; and a late-19th-century Caucasian Kazak rug, estimated at $3,000-$4,000.
Kathleen Du Ross’s story is a true rags-to-riches one. She was widowed early in her first marriage and left with two small children. She was a struggling model from Detroit when her beauty and forthright personality caught the attention of one of America’s wealthiest men. They were married by a justice of the peace in Carson City, Nevada, in 1980. She called him “Two Two,” and he called her “Kate” after she nixed his first suggestion: “Giggles.” Kathleen Ford was married to Henry Ford II until his death in September 1987. She passed away in May 2020.
The April auction will feature Kathleen Ford’s couture clothing, accessories, and designer shoes and handbags during the Friday, April 9 session; and fine art, furniture and decorative furnishings from her Palm Beach estate on Saturday and Sunday, April 10 and 11 starting at 10am EST.
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