Personal items from the collections of Prince Felix Yusupov (1887-1967), and his wife Princess Irina Alexandrovna (1895-1970), granddaughter of Emperor Alexander III and only niece of Emperor Nicholas II, will be auctioned in Paris this Fall.
More than 120 items preserved for nearly 60 years in Mexico by Victor Manuel Contreras, one of Mexico's best-known sculptors. Of particular note is the regalia worn by Prince Felix Yusupov at the Eglington Ball, held in London on July 11, 1912 - seen in the photo above.
In 1958 Contreras met the Countess Ksenia Sheremetyeva in Paris, the granddaughter of the famous Russian aristocratic couple. She invited him to lunch, where the aspiring Mexican sculptor met Prince and Princess Yusupov for the first time.
The young artist was invited to live at the Yusupov's home in the 16th arrondissement of Paris, and he spent the next five years there. He described his relationship with the prince as that of an adopted son and his father. The family used to introduce him to friends as "the son who fell to us from heaven."
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