The Vanderbilt family not only made a lasting impression on the business world, it was also a prominent yachting family. On April 15, 2013, Doyle New York will auction a piece of marine history from the yachts of William K. Vanderbilt II, including an 18-karat gold cocktail tray and 12 Tiffany & Co. 18-karat gold cordial glasses. The serving tray bears the name of Willie K’s beloved Alva, and the cordial glasses boats the monikers of both Ara, launched in 1924, and Alva. Christened in 1931, the 265-foot Alva is one of the world’s first true luxury superyachts, which Vanderbilt made famous by circumnavigating the globe during her maiden voyage.
These and other items, which have been auctioned off in recent months, come from the estate of Consuelo Vanderbilt Earl, the last surviving child of Willie K and Virginia Graham Fair Vanderbilt. She passed away in 2011 at the age of 107, leaving behind a daughter and numerous grandchildren.
In addition to the serving set from Ara and Alva, Doyle will auction a rare 1928 Cartier mystery clock, a gold Patek Philippe pocket watch, jewelry and other historical pieces.
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