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Socialite’s collection draws plenty of bidders

  // Sunday, 24 August 2014 22:59 //

“Mickey never went anywhere without wearing a hat, sometimes three at a time. She would expect you to notice her hat and, of course, comment on it. But if anyone recognized a hat she was wearing as one she had worn before, she would put it away and never wear that hat again.” Tessa Steinkamp, auctioneer

The spread was fit for the most discriminating of guests: shrimp and grits, flutes of champagne, quiche Lorraine.

But those who visited New Orleans Auction Galleries on Sunday morning weren’t there to eat; they came to bid on more than 240 hats that belonged to the New Orleans social phenomenon known as Mickey Easterling, who died in April.

The hats — plus a selection of handbags, fur wraps and a leopard coat — were the most recent items of Easterling’s to be auctioned off. Past auctions have included other personal effects, including a dazzling jewelry collection that featured a 10-carat diamond ring.

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