New York Style – Sargent, Vanderbilt Lehman and Yonke  

New York Style – Sargent, Vanderbilt Lehman and Yonke

Couture Collections of Sargent, Vanderbilt Lehman and Yonke Brought Together at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ New York Style Auction Event

Chanel Metallic
Stephen Burrows
Versace Gown

On February 16 Leslie Hindman Auctioneers will conduct New York Style, a luxury accessories and couture auction of property from three New York notables. The collections of Elaine Sargent, Wendy Vanderbilt Lehman and Ingrid Yonke bring together a diverse and significant selection of designer garments, gowns and handbags. Each collection within the sale represents the personality of each woman, telling their stories through fashion and how both personal endeavors and personal style complimented the city they called home.


The sale will open with nearly 90 garments from the collection of Elaine Sargent, one of the first female stockbrokers in both Montreal and on Wall Street. In an era when women were almost non-existent in the world of finance, Elaine Sargent broke the glass ceiling and would later chart a course of philanthropy as a dedicated patron of numerous institutions devoted to theater in New York. She chaired the Our Time Theater Company, established the Avon Chair dedicated to ovarian cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital and founded a McGill University scholarship.


The Sargent collection is perhaps most recognized for its sequins, metallic fabrics and colorful coats, reflective of an outgoing personality. From her collection, an Alexander McQueen black flannel coat as well as a Chanel metallic gold Jacquard suit ensemble will be offered with presale estimates of $400 – 600. Two Libertine coats will be offered, one a multicolor boucle coat and the other a velvet brocade coat, both with presale estimates of $300 – 400.


Following the Sargent collection will be near 30 garments from the collection of Wendy Vanderbilt Lehman. Splitting her time between Palm Beach and Manhattan, the collection offers bohemian and colorful examples in addition to Vanderbilt Lehman’s more metropolitan style. She was featured in one of Lily Pulitzer’s first advertising campaigns and attended the Truman Capote Black and White ball in 1966. Her love of modernism and color is witnessed through both her clothing and expressionist style as an accomplished artist.


Items to be sold from the Vanderbilt Lehman collection include numerous Stephen Burrows garments such as a blue dress ensemble, a magenta pant ensemble and a metallic foil and black dress, all estimated at $200 – 300. A Zandra Rhodes multicolor silk dress will be offered with a presale estimate of $100 – 200.


The last session in New York Style includes over 160 items from the collection of Ingrid Yonke, a passionate collector of arts and antiques. Taking particular interest in ancient porcelain, Asian art and ballet, Yonke worked tirelessly to orchestrate exhibitions and events around educational initiatives that expanded the accessibility and understating of these things. In the world of fashion, Yonke established a deep connection with the Fendi family and is remembered for both her playful fashion sensibility and personality.


The Yonke collection includes garments, accessories and handbags such as a Fendi tan sleeveless dress and a Gianni Versace starfish and seashell beaded gown, both estimated at $250 – 350. A Fendi hardsided evening bag will be offered with a presale estimate of $250 – 350 as well as a Hermes black silk robe estimated at $1,500 – 2,500.


New York Style celebrates the individuality of each collection and the women who meticulously built them through years of professional, philanthropic and artistic accomplishment. The preview opens in Chicago Monday, February 13 followed by the sale which will be conducted live in the Chicago saleroom and online. The catalogue is currently available online at

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