Art: End of an Avenue

End of an Avenue On a crackling-cold winter's night three years ago the five-story, 56-room mansion at 1051 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan, glittered like a luster chandelier. Inside, the warm pulse of a Cuban orchestra greeted the guests as they were ushered into the tapestried hall, which florists had turned into a bower of blossoming apple trees for the occasion. Last to arrive were the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. As he pulled off his overcoat, the black-tied Duke asked if this was a white-tie occasion, then muttered, "Well, it's too...

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