Friday, November 21, 2014

The flamboyant Dutchess of Alba has died

The Duchess of Alba, known as Cayetana in Spain, has died at the age of 88. Her full name was María del Rosario Cayetana Alfonsa Victoria Eugenia Francisca Fitz-James-Stuart y de Silva. She  was the 18th person to inherit the title and had 39 other titles to her name. She leaves behind her husband of 3 years and six children who will inherit her estimated 3.5bn euro fortune.

Besides her vast and luxurious palaces in Madrid, Marbella, Ibiza and Seville, and the fabulous works of art which they contained — the Liria Palace in Madrid housed 219 paintings alone — her library has been valued at over £20 million. It contains a first edition of Don Quixote by Cervantes, Columbus’s first map of the Americas, and an Alba family Bible dating from 1429.

 Among the paintings were priceless works by Rembrandt, Titian, Rubens, Velazquez, Goya and Renoir.

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