Nothing like a wealthy socialite's auction to remind you how poor you are.
Furniture and fine art were all for sale. Among the goodies -- an ornate Qing Dynasty Chinese table clock, which raked in almost $3.8 million.
There were some odder items for sale, too, and they fetched a good price. One bidder paid $3,400 for a mounted bison head. A 1954 set of J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" books went for $17,500.
Sotheby's previewed the 900-item collection for a week beforethe sale, and more than 2,000 visitors who paid $65 for the620-page auction book attended the public exhibition to examine thecollection at the 23,000-square-foot English country manor.
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