Items from Lilly Pulitzer's estate up for auction

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WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Furniture, art and decorative objects from the estate of preppy fashion icon Lilly Pulitzer are up for auction in Florida.

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in West Palm Beach will host the sale Feb. 22. The Miami Herald reports that highlights of the auction include Italian painted furniture, garden ornaments, ceramics and paintings by American artists. A preview opened Friday.

Pulitzer died at her Palm Beach home in April.  She launched her fashion business in the 1950s by accident. At the time she was a socialite with an orange juice stand. To hide the juice stains on her clothes, she asked her seamstress to make some sleeveless dresses in colorful fruit prints, and a fashion staple was born.

Pulitzer retired in 1993 but remained a muse for the brand.

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