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The Shoe Auctions of the Freemans, Part II | Manolo's Shoe Blog

The Shoe Auctions of the Freemans, Part II

Manolo says, the Manolo he loves what is in the couture auction at the Freeman’s House of the Auctions. And now, the cataloger of the auction, the Olivia, she has sent the Manolo the story behind the many of the items that are on the block.

I must tell you about the estate the vintage shoes in the sale came from– it was the estate of a single woman, Esther Ludwig, who just died at age 99. Her house had been empty but for the caretaker for many years– but she wouldn’t let her things be sold until she died, and used to make her groundskeeper pick her up and drive her by the house to make sure it was OK. So, we got the estate, and people started to tell me that there were clothes there and I should come out one day and help out and see if I wanted to take anything for my sale. I scored the shoes, and a lot of men’s shirts that had been her boyfriend’s- preserved in a room where he had lived, and then died– in 1973.

What the marvelous story!

Manolo loves the late Esther Ludwig! Look at these boots that she had in her closets!

N. Porter Cowboy Boots      Manolo Loves!

7 Responses to “The Shoe Auctions of the Freemans, Part II”

  1. Miss Maud November 30, 2005 at 12:33 pm #

    Those boots are fabulous. FABULOUS.

  2. Kourtney November 30, 2005 at 1:51 pm #

    …and they’ve got a bucking heel… fabulous.
    Oh, the late Esther must have been one fun-timing gal… I hope she’s kicking up her heels wherever the shoe lovers go.

  3. mrs depoint November 30, 2005 at 5:12 pm #

    Apparently shoes were the LEAST of the splendor of the late great Esther Ludwig. Check out the rest of the auction. The hats! The 40s dresses! The western saddles! The Dodge Caravans! Why did I not befriend her in her failing years, not in a sneaky ulterior-motive way, but sufficiently to have bestowed upon me :

    http://www.wagnerauctioneers.com/New_Folder/Nov.%2005/11_12_05_template_public_auction.htm ?

    Also: I’m naming my next dachshund Esther Ludwig. Not that I’ve ever had a dachshund before.

  4. CrankyBiscuit November 30, 2005 at 6:32 pm #

    Those are fantastic, I must agree. The woman also had a collection of gorgeous hats:


    The good taste, it is timeless indeed.

  5. oh, there's more November 30, 2005 at 9:32 pm #

    Check it out:

  6. tinka November 30, 2005 at 11:06 pm #

    The splendor of the Esther indeed! Clearly the shopper of genius, and a most interesting woman. It’s such a shame to meet her only now, like this, but many thanks to the Manolo and the commentors for the discovery of the Esther. If she
    managed this herself, starting with little, that would be the miracle indeed. But her taste, it is amazing anyway.

    Can you imagine meeting the Manolo only through his estate?! I feel like this about the Esther.

  7. desertwind December 1, 2005 at 3:16 am #

    The Goofiness of the Collector