Aline Countess of Romanones Message Board

Anita posts on 5/9/2011 10:41:17 PM Gee Angela you and me both, as I would not mind having one of her cigarette cases! Unfortunately I still smoke! I think that maybe she has saved some of her fine jewelery for her grandaughters, and feels the need for whatever reasons to sell the rest. It doesn't mean she needs the money. I do know that She does have 4 residences: NYC,Madrid,Marabella,and Pascualete, plus the other fincas and other properties, plus other business interests. She has 3 sons who I suspect contribute to the maintaining of these places especially if they use them as well. The fincas probably pay for themselves plus some.
Angela posts on 5/9/2011 8:57:36 PM I didn't know the Countess had so many properties. I guess I figured she had her flat in New York, her home in Marbella, and her ancient finca , Pascualete, but that was it. In any case, that has to be incredibly expensive to maintain. Who knows, maybe she's selling some jewelry just because she has no use for it anymore and the money isn't an issue. I would love to own a piece of her jewelry. Heck, I'd love to own anything of hers. Oooh, how about a cigarette lighter from her early spy days? Imagine the places it would have been.
Anita posts on 5/9/2011 1:55:34 PM RYARISTO, I agree with you and Mark M. So many families today are selling off their Jewelry and other items, valuables, etc.. Quite common nowdays. I know that the Countess has Many valuable Paintings, and suspect that these will stay in the family as she has 3 sons, and grandchildren that I am sure want them, as well as the 4 or 5 Fincas they own.

RYARISTO posts on 5/8/2011 7:55:27 PM I am not finding fault with the Countess selling her jewels. I never once said that. As far as being silly baubles, I agree, much better to keep the land. Prime example of this is the Thurn und Taxi family. I simply brought this to the discussion forum as a point of interest to followers of the Countess. Jewels, in her books, were mentioned often. And she was shown wearing them quite often.
MarkM posts on 5/8/2011 12:21:19 AM Conventional wisdom is that when someone publicly publishes his or her memoirs, that person is choosing to open him or herself up to public scrutiny. A published memoir (or series of memoirs) gives someone a strongly one-sided opportunity to give their side of the story, so there really is nothing wrong with the public pointing out apparent inconsistencies. RYARISTO, it is my understanding that maintaining a large estate is quite expensive, which is why many noble families have sold off their estates, or opened them up for public use as museums or even inns. I can't fault the Countess for selling her jewels and keeping her lands; ancestral land seems more intrinsically valuable (both tangibly and intangibly) to me than some silly baubles. I'd sell family jewels before I sold family land any day.
Anita posts on 5/7/2011 2:24:04 PM I will Google and see about the auction. But, who is running the Auction? Is it Sotheby's?
RYARISTO posts on 5/7/2011 11:54:22 AM The Countess of selling her jewels. The auction is being held 5/17 in Geneva. Google and see. I guess she might need the money?
Roseanne H posts on 5/6/2011 9:31:59 AM With respect to the continuous rants and accusations from two or three posters, the Countess does not frequent this board, and is, therefore, not here to defend herself against what she had once described as foolish persons to whom she pays no attention. I will, however, be happy to repeat what I have shared previously on this board. The Countess considered Edmundo Lassalle her best friend during her OSS years in Madrid, and he is the character whom she has portrayed most exactly, according to her. Apparently, he committed suicide in London because he was caught stealing something in Harrods and was unable to face the consequences. Although he was a kleptomaniac, he was an exceptionally kind and a loyal friend to the Countess. The Countess never wrote in her books, to the best of my recollection, that Lassalle worked for the CIA and then was killed by the KGB, as Mr. Huddleston and his wife, Pepita, have claimed. It also appears that Pepita Huddleston was never known to those who worked at the OSS with Lassalle, as he never had contact with her, nor did Pepita have contact with Princess Agatha Ratibor, whom Lassalle married in 1946. In the fifties, Lassalle married a New York socialite and had three children with her. Mrs. Huddleston stated on this board QUOTE I know what my father did when assigned to the OSS and I know that he never served with the CIA … then killed by the KGB … END QUOTE. She also shared that her husband QUOTE flew 36 combat missions in WW II as a fighter pilot. The air war over Germany was a bit more dangerous than what OSS agents, my father included, ever encountered in Spain END QUOTE. I will again applaud the heroic service to our country that Mr. Huddleston and others have made, but I also feel that those on the ground, like the Countess and her colleagues, made just as much as a sacrifice and service to their country. To state otherwise is not only unAmerican, but the epitome of arrogance.
Anita posts on 4/28/2011 1:03:47 PM Mark M.: I did see the movie "The Shooting Party" from the 1980's but would like to see it again,now that you mentioned it.You are correct it was very "Edwardian", indeed.
MarkM posts on 4/28/2011 11:43:03 AM Care to elaborate on what you don't think people are being realistic about, RYARISTO?
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