Deborah, Duchess Of Devonshire Auction

February 29, 2016

By Tab Byrum

The Sotheby’s auction for the personal items of Deborah, the 11th Duchess of Devonshire begins this week in London and promises to have some amazing merchandise. The Duchess was born Deborah Mitford, the youngest of seven children and one of the famous Mitford Sisters of England in the 30’s and 40’s. Known as Debo by her family and close friends she married the younger son of the 10th Duke of Devonshire, Andrew Cavendish,  in 1941 but after the death of his older brother Andrew became heir to the title and with the death of his father in 1950 Andrew became the 11th Duke and Deborah his Duchess.


Deborah lived a colorful life, with her crowning achievement being the restoration of the Devonshire family home, Chatsworth. Over the years, she wrote several books about the house and was instrumental in the development of commercial activities that support the house and estate, such as house tours and the Chatsworth Farm Shop. In 2004 the Duke died and she became the Dowager Duchess, she moved out of Chatsworth and into the Old Vicarage, many of the items in the auction can be seen in photos taken of the vicarage while she lived there. The pre-auction viewing is through tomorrow and the sale begins in London on Wednesday the second, in the meantime here are some photos of her home, the Duchess herself and some of the items up for bid, Enjoy!!!


The Old Vicarage, where the Duchess lived from 2004 to 2014. 


The dining room in the Vicarage. 


The Duchess’ desk and special mementos on the desk. 




The Duchess was known for her love for the chickens she raised at Chatsworth. 





Model of a Hen by artist Nicholas Johnson. 


This is a brass inkwell from the late Victorian period in the shape of a lobster. 


The diamond heart brooch was designed by the Duke for his Duchess and the diamond Camelia brooch is a Chanel piece. 


I love that the Duchess was a lover of Elvis Presley’s music and paraphernalia. 


Deborah, the 11th Duchess of Devonshire, these are the robes she wore to the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in June of 1953. 

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