Listerine heir’s estate could fetch $100 million
NEW YORK — Two Mark Rothko paintings are among the objects heading to auction from the estate of Rachel (Bunny) Mellon. Mellon was a noted horticulturist, philanthropist and heir to the Listerine fortune. The paintings could fetch upward of $30 million and $20 million at Sotheby’s New York galleries on Nov. 10. The auction house on Friday detailed some of the 2,000 items being sold in several sales that could bring more than $100 million. Among Mellon’s jewelry is a fancy vivid blue diamond estimated to bring up to $15 million on Nov. 20. Furniture and other home interior items will be offered Nov. 21-23. Proceeds will benefit The Gerard B. Lambert Foundation, which supports The Oak Spring Garden Library in Upperville, Va. Mellon died in March at 103. Her husband was philanthropist Paul Mellon.