Elizabeth Straf­ford Christie’s Sale

SALE AT CHRISTIE’S NEW YORK NOV 1st, 2018

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Elizabeth Stafford (1928-2018), known as Mimi, was born and raised in New Or­leans, Louisiana. While work­ing for the State De­part­ment in Ger­many, she met her hus­band in France and they lived in Paris from 1961-76, be­fore set­tling in New York. While liv­ing in Paris, she trans­formed their apart­ment into an au­then­tic 18th Cen­tury French home, which was fre­quently opened for in­ter­na­tional mu­se­ums and cul­tural groups. The cou­ple gen­er­ously lent their col­lec­tion to the New Or­leans Mu­seum of Art in 1966 with an ex­hi­bi­tion called Odyssey of an Art Col­lec­tor, to raise funds af­ter hur­ri­cane dev­as­ta­tion. Mimi was a Fel­low at the New Or­leans Mu­seum of Art, and a bene­fac­tor to the Frick Mu­seum, the Metropoli­tan Mu­seum, the Mor­gan Li­brary, and the Metropoli­tan Opera and her col­lec­tion was lent ex­ten­sively around the world.

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