Former London home of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ sister Lee Radziwill for sale for £9.45 million
Thrice married American socialite, public relations executive and interior decorator Lee Radziwill has thus far worked her way through eleven titles and styles during her eighty-two year life. She’s variously been a Miss, a Mrs, a Princess and a Dowager Princess and just as was the case for her sister, the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, her life has been a whirlwind of drama, glamour and heartache. Her former London home is currently for sale for £9.45 million ($14.31 million, €12.95 million).
The owner of residences in London, New York and Paris at various points, Radziwill moved to a double fronted townhouse in Buckingham Place, Westminster with her second husband Prince Stanisław Albrecht Radziwiłł (1914 – 1976) in 1959. Its interior was “fashioned” by the acclaimed Italian decorator and set designer Lorenzo ‘Renzo’ Mongiardino (1916 – 1998) and in 1966, Radziwill was photographed by Sir Cecil Beaton CBE (1904 – 1980) in the newly redecorated drawing room.
In 2013, Mongiardino’s scheme for the room was described by Architectural Digest as having an “Ottoman-meets-Moghul atmosphere both unmistakably hip – it was the Age of Aquarius, after all—and hypnotically sensuous” but now, after a full-scale renovation by the current owners in 2012, the decoration of the 5,360 square foot, five-storey house is far more neutral.
Featuring 7 bedrooms – including a master suite of a bedroom, two dressing rooms and two bathrooms that occupies the entire first floor – the house also includes three reception rooms, a roof terrace and an open plan dining kitchen that opens onto a garden designed by Lady Lennox-Boyd.
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