Thursday, April 24, 2014

Questions abound over auction of Princess Marie of Denmark's possessions

The upcoming auction of royal letters, photos and articles owned by Princess Marie'd Orléans (1865-1909), wife of Prince Valdemar of Denmark, is responsible for a major family discord among her heirs.

The items in the auction were being auctioned in the name of Prince Michel of Bourbon-Parma. His children, however, were not consulted by their father. Furious at seeing these family heirlooms dispersed to the four corners of the world, Prince Michel's offspring have joined forces and taken their father to court in an effort to prevent the spoliation of family legacy.

More than half the items that were listed in the catalogue have been removed from the auction. Also, the hours during which the auction was to take place have been drastically reduced.

Thanks to Art Beeche for allowing me to reprint his article, which was published earlier today on

Prince Michel of Bourbon-Parma, 88, is a grandson of the late Princess Marie of Orleans, wife of Prince Valdemar of Denmark.  His mother, Princess Margrethe of Denmark married Prince René of Bourbon-Parma.

Princess Marie's fourth son, Prince Viggo of Denmark, inherited her papers, and the collection past to his wife, the American-born Eleonor Green, after his death.  Their marriage was childless.  After Eleonor's death, the collection was inherited by Prince Michel.

A lovely catalog.


Manon said...

The auction is cancelled by decision of justice.

Marlene Eilers Koenig said...

Thanks, Manon, are there any news reports in France about it