|POSTDAM, N.Y. — A glimpse into the life of the rich and famous will be offered Feb. 16 by Blanchard Auction Service.
The auction will include items from Pedro and Miriam Kropp Beltran. Pedro Beltran was a Peruvian Prime Minister from 1959-1961. Prior to that he served as the Peruvian Ambassador to the United states from 1944 to 1945. An outspoken journalist, he resurected the newspaper La Prensa and was its owner and publisher until he and his wife were forced to leave Peru in 1974 by a hostile government.
While in Peru, Beltran met Miriam Kropp, an oil company heiress. She was an economic anylyst and was the first woman to serve as a foreign service officer in Peru. After leaving the country, the couple settled in the Russian Hill area of San Franscico where Miriam had a home.
The auction will include early South American newspapers, books, and manuscripts constituting Beltran’s library. Also included will be silver, antiques, artwork, designer handbags and accessories of Pedro and Miriam.
The newspapers date 1821-1850 and span regional revolutions and the earliest years of the California Gold Rush. The manuscripts (orginals and early copies) date 1731-1843. Also included are volumes on Peru’s history, Beltran’s interests in economics, local and international law, and diplomacy.
The auction will also include sets of important works of French history and literature finely bound in well-maintained gilt morocco and other leathers. Many of these volumes carry the ink ownership stamps of Pedro Beltran’s father and the 19th-century printed labels of Peruvian booksellers.
Miriam was well known for her wardrobe and many of her clothes were made by Europeon designers. Included in the auction will be handbags, scarves and clothes made by Hermes, Gucci, Loewe, Bottega Veneta, Fendi and other makers.
Two other highlights of the auction have descended through the Mulford family. One is an oil painting by C.A. Detti (1847-1914). It has been owned by the same family for more than 100 years. It retains its original label with the title The Wedding of a Prince. The other star is a cat’s eyes, ruby and diamond brooch by famed designer Paulding Farnham who served as head jewelry designer for Tiffany’s at one point. The broach was custom made for Mary Allen Mulford of Ogdensburg, NY.
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