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Abdy, Sir Valentine (Robert Duff)locked

6th Bt cr 1850

Born 11 Sept. 1937; s of Sir Robert Henry Edward Abdy, 5th Bt, and Lady Diana Bridgeman (d 1967), e d of 5th Earl of Bradford; m 1971, Mathilde Coche de la Ferté (marr. diss. 1982); one s; died 27 June 2012

European Representative, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, 1983–95 and 1998 (Member, National Board, 1995–98)


S father, 1976


s Robert Etienne Eric Abdy, b 22 Feb. 1978




Formerly: Administrator, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris; Dir, Sotheby’s (opened Sotheby’s Paris, 1967, Sotheby’s Munich, 1970). Member: Art Adv. Bd, Artemis, 1973–75; Scientific Committee, Conservatoire Nationale des Arts et Métiers, 1992; Special Advr, Internat. Fund for Promotion of Culture, UNESCO, 1991–97. Mem., Organising Cttee, Cité de l’Espace, Toulouse, 1999. FRSA 1998. Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres (France), 1995


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