As many antique jewelry collectors will tell you, some of the best places to find unique valuables are auctions and estate sales. Whether they once belonged to a member of the royal family or a notable person in your local community, the items found at these events are typically difficult to come by, and the rarity can make them even more desirable.
One philanthropist and notable New York City resident who now has valuables coming to auction is Brooke Astor. Even though she passed away in 2007, Sotheby's has just announced that it will be offering the late Astor's items to bidders interested in everything from vintage jewelry to Asian furnishings, according to the Associated Press.
Approximately 64 pieces of jewelry will be up for auction at the event, including an emerald and diamond earring and necklace set, which was one of Astor's most prized possessions. The philanthropist also owned several dog paintings, silverware and tea sets, all of which will make an appearance at the Sotheby's event.
Whether you're interested in Art Deco jewelry or paintings by famous artists, there's no better place to nab these pieces than at auctions and estate sales.