Mr. Leonard A. Lauder, Chairman Emeritus, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., said: “My family and I are excited to partner with Sotheby’s on this special auction. Each piece of jewelry is unique and was designed to be timeless. My mother, Estée, and my dear wife, Evelyn, would be thrilled and honored that these much-loved items of
theirs are being sold to raise funds for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation. Our family’s goal has been, and continues to be, to help make those diseases a thing of the past.”
Mr. Leonard A. Lauder is deeply involved with both nonprofit organizations, serving as Co-Chairman of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and Co-Founder and Co- Chairman of the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation.
A visionary entrepreneur who believed all women could be beautiful, Estée Lauder (1906-2004) instinctively understood the power of beauty. Her dedication and hard
work transformed the business she launched in 1946 with just four products into today’s global leader in prestige beauty. Mrs. Lauder got her start selling skin care
products developed by her uncle, a chemist, in local beauty salons and hotels. She believed in the power of word of mouth and that sampling products sealed a sale, pioneering personalized beauty consultation and Gift with Purchase promotions. She
was the recipient of many prestigious honors, including France’s Legion of Honor in 1978 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2004. She traveled and entertained extensively, and socialized with world leaders, Hollywood royalty and celebrities.
EVELYN H. LAUDER
Evelyn H. Lauder (1936-2011) was the Senior Corporate Vice President and Head of Fragrance Development Worldwide for The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. Her life is a remarkable American success story: born in Vienna, Austria, her parents fled from Europe at the outset of World War II, eventually settling in New York City. She was proud to have attended New York City public schools and Hunter College, where she
met Leonard A. Lauder as a freshman. The two married in 1959, and Mrs. Lauder began her more than 50 years with the family company, contributing her invaluable insights into fashion trends, consumers’ changing needs, and new approaches to the development of innovative skin care, makeup and fragrance products.