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This undated photo provided by Sotheby's shows an emerald and diamond ring and necklace that belonged to the late philanthropist Brooke Astor. Sotheby's said the set will be offered at a New York auction of the late philanthropist's personal items which will include some 800 items to be offered Sept. 24-25 from Astor's Park Avenue duplex and her stone manor in Westchester. (AP Photo/Sotheby's)

Brooke Astor auction fetches $8.7M

The first day of an auction of the contents of philanthropist Brooke Astor's two homes brought in $8.7 million on Sept. 24, Sotheby's said.