Leslie Hindman Auctioneers will conduct an auction on December 9 of the largest collection of Valentino to hit the block. The collection includes over 200 Valentino garments and was brought to the auction house by Adele Bergreen, a personal friend of and lawyer for the designer. After graduating from Vassar College in 1944, Adele Gabel attended Yale Law School and became the first woman to graduate from the program. Following her time at Yale, Adele met and married Morris Bergreen. Together they started a family and opened the law firm Bergreen & Bergreen in the early 1950s. By the 1960s the Bergreen¹s law practice expanded to represent Italian businesses, including Valentino. Mrs. Bergreen, fluent in Italian, accompanied her husband on working trips to Italy where she chronicled in her travel diary their frequent visits to Valentino¹s salon in Rome. During this time the Bergreens became close friends with Valentino, and Adele¹

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