New York designer consigns items to auction for $1.4 million

NEW YORK (AP) A designer has consigned her belongings to auction and says she will pay $1 million to the people who have a say in the future of her career.

Sandra Lee, a New York artist who won a Pulitzer Prize for “The Catcher in the Rye,” said in a statement on her website Monday that she is selling her collection of clothes, jewelry, accessories and other items.

Her statement, posted on Monday, says her clothes were purchased in the 1970s from the artist’s mother and were sold at Christie’s and auctioned for $5,000 to a collector who was asked to help create a piece.

Lee, who is an assistant professor at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, said she has been looking for a way to preserve her collection since it was first displayed in 1978.

The statement says the items are being sold on behalf of her mother, who died last year.

Lee said she will donate all proceeds to the Women’s and Gender Studies program at the university.

Her collection includes items such as the original lace sweater worn by the actress Joan Crawford, the original skirt worn by Mary Tyler Moore, a pair of shoes and a pair from a jewelry case, according to the statement.