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For Auction: Property from Villa Massei

I was immediately captivated by the charm of Lucca, a small town in the Tuscany region of Italy when I visited many years ago. It was 2005 to be exact. We were only in town for one day but Mr. B and I vowed to go back. It’s a town that’s typically overlooked by most tourists but is definitely worth a visit – even if for only one day. What makes Lucca unique is that the historic center of town is encircled by huge medieval stone walls that were originally built for defense purposes. Although the massive stone walls remain, they now serve as open space for residents and visitors to enjoy. The top of the wall has been developed into a tree-lined, gravel pathway that provides for the most charming stroll. From the top of the wall you have a view of the historic town on one side and a view of the expansive greenbelt that was once a moat on the other. This is what most tourists to Lucca experience when they visit.

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Image via muraditutti.com

Lucca Italy by Reviving Charm

Original Photo by Reviving Charm; Circa 2005

However, once you leave the old city walls you’ll find several stately homes including the 60-acre estate known as Villa Massei that was once owned by American artist and author Paul Gervais and Gil Cohen. They spent 34 years restoring the 16th century estate with Mr. Garvais even authoring the book A Garden in Lucca about developing the Italian Renaissance style gardens at Villa Massei. Gervais and Cohen sold the property in 2015 and on Tuesday, February 27, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago will be offering Italian furnishings, art, and decorative objects from Villa Massei that Gervais and Cohen had collected over the many years they spent in Italy, including many of the items shown in the photos below. To learn more about Villa Massei and the upcoming auction, click here. Happy bidding!

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Contents of the Kennedy “Winter Whitehouse” to be Auctioned

It just might be the sale of the year.

2016, that is.

On January 23, 2016, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers will host an auction of Kennedy furnishings and belongings.  The contents belonged to the Palm Beach, Florida estate officially known as “La Guerida” — bounty of war, which was affectionately nicknamed the Kennedy “Winter White House”.

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The cover (shown above) of the auction catalogue house is already listed on the Leslie Hindman Auctioneers website. But  it is reported that the catalog will not be made public until about a month before the auction takes place. If you’re allured by the Kennedy mystique, then this sale will be something worth keeping an eye on.

Items to be included in the auction.

In 1995 the Kennedy family sold the 15,000 square foot estate, complete with its contents to John K. and Marianne Castle.  You can read about the sale here.  The Castles lovingly restored the estate over several years and preserved some of the rooms with its original contents.  The Castles sold the estate this summer with a condition that they be able to maintain its contents. They have since decided to auction them off.  Not a bad business move.

Here is a round up of pictures featuring the lovely estate then and now. 
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For more history on the Kennedy Winter White House, take a look at THIS post. 

Sources: Palm Beach Daily News, Statesman, Veranda Magazine (online) & Curbed.Com, LeslieHindman.Com. NYTimes.com