The Last Will and Testament of Brooke Astor

The New York Times this morning details some of the charitable bequests found in Mrs. Astor’s will and its various codicils.

A close review of the will and three amendments to it reveals who is designated to get what from Mrs. Astor’s personal fortune, valued at about $130 million, and a trust estimated to be worth more than $60 million that was left for her by her late husband, Vincent Astor.

Her son, Anthony, gets the bulk of her vast and storied fortune, from artwork by the Italian painter Giovanni Battista Tiepolo to the cash from the eventual sale of her Park Avenue duplex and her 65-acre Westchester estate.

Her daughter-in-law Charlene receives two fur coats — a mink and a chinchilla — and a necklace adorned with 367 round diamonds, while her twin grandsons are to be given $1 million each.

Then there are the New York City public school teachers — who have yet to be selected — who will benefit from a $2 million endowment allowing them to make trips abroad. Even an azalea garden on the Maine coast is down for $100,000.

Its unclear at this point which codicils of the two or three were forged and which, if any, were signed as a result of undue influence.

From Wikipedia:

Brooke Astor (born March 30, 1902) is an American socialite and philanthropist who was the chairwoman of the Vincent Astor Foundation, which had been established by her third husband. She also is a novelist and has written two volumes of memoirs.


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