When it comes to American dynasties, the Vanderbilts led the way, but it was the Rockefellers who paved it with gold.
John D. Rockefeller, an oil magnate who became the world’s first billionaire in 1916, is still widely considered to be the richest person in modern history. Even after his death in 1937, his wealth continues to flourish to this day, and the Rockefellers remain one of the most powerful and richest families in the country.
And now, after 150 years of waiting, it’s finally our turn to live like a Rockefeller. Next week, two of John D. Rockefeller’s great-grandchildren, Margaret “Peggy” Dulany and David Jr., are teaming up with Christie’s to auction off their prized collection of antiques. All proceeds from the estimated $500 million haul will be donated to charity, making it the most significant philanthropic auction ever presented.
The sprawling collection includes original works by Pablo Picasso, Paul Gauguin, Claude Monet, Georgia O’Keefe, Diego Rivera and more, as well as stunning pieces of fine china that would make any Southern grandma swoon. With prices as low as $100 (!), much of the collection is available via online auction from now through May 11th.
And because we’re always on the lookout for heirloom china, scroll down for a few highlights from the Rockefeller’s extensive collection of porcelain: