The eclectic life and collection of Linda McRae Noe Laine

Alex Cooper Auctioneers is pleased to offer the first of many auctions featuring the estate of Linda McRae Noe Laine,  a noted philanthropist who had many diverse passions and interests. A native of Monroe, Louisiana, Mrs. Laine was the daughter of James Albert Noe, Sr., who served as governor of Louisiana in 1936.

Mrs. Laine held scholarly interests in the flow of ideas and artistic expressions from Central Asia to the West through historical trade routes, migration and military travels. The mixing of cultures influenced her taste and collection. She particularly treasured hand-made crafts and objects. She admired the technical skill, artistry and vision of craftspeople and held a fine appreciation of raw materials such as metals, wood and stone.

She held her friendship with Major General Claire Lee Chennault in high esteem and made the acquaintance of many notable individuals during her travels and philanthropic endeavors including His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Chiang Kai-shek and Queen Elizabeth II.

Lot 3000: A 1989 Sunrunner “Weekender” 292 UTRA Lot 3001: A 1983 Mercedes-Benz Red 380 SEL  
Mrs. Laine collected across her broad interests, furnishing several residences during her lifetime, including most recently Lake Tahoe, Nevada and Washington, DC. Her tastes were eclectic and provide an insight to her captivating personality and thought-provoking awareness of the world.

Click here for bidding and complete auction listings. The auction will take place Friday, August 28th at noon.


Lisa Jones
Director of Silver and Decorative Arts