Mustique's Owner Auctions Collection
The art collection of a Scottish aristocrat who threw parties for royalty and rock stars raised $1.7 million at an auction in London. Voyaging art collectors of Art Kabinett social network have often visited his private island Colin Tennant, who died last year, was the former owner of the island of Mustique in the Caribbean. Mick Jagger, David Bowie and Princess Margaret, sister of the U.K.’s Queen Elizabeth, were regular visitors during the 1960s and 1970s, before he sold up and moved, with his pet elephant, to an Indian-style home on nearby St. Lucia in 1992. Jagger's performance there is shown today on the ArtKabinett Facebook Fan Page. All but four of the 225 lots from “Beau House” found buyers, auction house Bonhams said yesterday. A gold pendant from the treasury of the 18th-century Indian ruler Tipu Sultan, set with a 38-carat emerald, fetched the top price of 217,250 pounds, beating an estimate of 80,000 pounds ($124,850) to 120,000 pounds. Tennant’s 19th-century Indian silver-covered wood bed will be heading back to Mustique. It was bought for 51,560 pounds by a private individual who has refurbished a house on the island. Robert Mapplethorpe photographs of the princess and Mick and Bianca Jagger at an Indian costume party for Tennant’s 50th birthday on Mustique in 1976, sold for 938 pounds and 1,188 pounds each. A suggestively shaped coco de mer fruit that model Jerry Hall gave him on his 60th birthday fetched 1,125 pounds. Tennant, who inherited the title Lord Glenconner, died aged 83. After his wild costume parties, he attracted headlines in old age by leading a reclusive life and taking up limbo dancing. He left Beau House to Kent Adonai, his locally born servant and elephant keeper. The auction’s proceeds of 1.1 million pounds will benefit the Glenconner Estate, said Bonhams.