Kempner's signature style, finely tailored menswear-inspired pieces, was also a hallmark of
and her closet was flooded with garments from the fashion house. An Yves Saint Laurent camel cashmere and sable trim coat went for $3,000.
Cathy Elkies, Christie's director of iconic collections, said that when she first went to inventory the wardrobe, she was amazed at the sheer quantity of clothes — with some garments even hanging from the shower rod in the bathroom.
Among other garments in Kempner's collection were a lilacdress and coordinating caramel with purple mink lining by from 2004.
But Kempner also had a playful side. She lovedwhich Christie's paired with a short jacket covered in chartreuse rabbit-fur applique.
The Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum had the first selection of pieces after Kempner's death, followed by Christie's and then Sloane-Kettering for its own sale and the de Young Museum in.