The Battle of Versailles

On November 28, 1973, the world’s social elite gathered at the Palace of Versailles for an intercontinental manner exhibit. By the time the curtain came down on the evening’s spectacle, heritage had been produced and the market had been eternally reworked. This is that story.

Conceived as a fund-raiser for the restoration of King Louis XIV’s palace, in the late fall of 1973, five leading American…

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