There are a lot of advantages to being a jet-setter. Just ask “Baron” Joseph de Bicske Dobronyi, or “Sepy” as his friends called him. He was a Miami playboy whose death in 2010 prompted a reporter at the SunSentinel to lament, “The party’s over.”
Described as a “Coconut Grove bon vivant,” Sepy assumed the title of Baron due to supposed lineage involving Hungarian nobles. He ran amongst Hollywood B-list starlets and hosted parties of legend.
According to the occasionally-accurate gossip website TMZ, Sepy counted among his friends a pilot of a private plane. Upon concluding a chartered trip, the pilot discovered an interesting item a passenger left behind. It was a pair of underpants, which appeared to have stronger royal ties than his friend the Baron. We’re talking about the Royal Undergarment of HM Queen Elizabeth II – Estate of Baron “Sepy” Dobronyi L600
Apparently the Queen jetted off to Chile for a vacay in 1968, only to leave her knickers onboard. The auction listing does not guarantee the provenance of said undies, stating the item is “what is believed to be a royal undergarment of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. From the Private Collection of the Estate of the famous ‘Aristocrat, sculptor, photographer, royal jewelry designer, art collector, world traveler, sportsman and bon vivant’ Baron Joseph ‘Sepy’ de Bicske Dobronyi.”
The evidence of royal provenance in compelling, however. We present for your consideration the following facts:
- The lavishly embroidered undergarment features “a monogram of the royal crown with the initial script ‘E’ underneath on the top left.”
- “The garment is lined with a beautiful and delicate crocheted lace hem. There are four small pearl-like buttons on the left side.” While neither here nor there, this information does reveal the undergarment was likely to be beyond the budget of the proletariat.
- The content of “…personal conversations with Mr. Dobronyi prior to his death and the writing on the yellow manila envelope where they were stored for many years. The writing, which is in Spanish and that Mr. Dobronyi mentioned, came from relatives of his deceased pilot friend.”
Neither Buckingham Palace or the garment maker will confirm or deny that the monogram E = Queen Elizabeth II, but several bidders stand firmly behind this equation, bringing the current price of the underpants up to $6,401.
Baron Sepy left behind quite a legacy, evidenced by a range of intriguing items form his estate that are currently on auction at eBay.
There’s the Sea Serpent Viking Ship-Bed:
The custom-built, elaborately carved bed features a prow in “…the form of a sea serpent’s head with horns and glowing eyes and the fangs are from a Hippopotamus.”
Sepy clearly liked to collect international art and objects. Here is another item on auction, an antique Tibetan Shamanic Exorcism Mask:
Catch a glimpse of the young Baron in all his dapper glory with this item, Baron Joseph “Sepy” De Bicske Dobronyi Oil Painting:
So debonair. It’s easy to imagine the ghosts of the Baron and Truman Capote dishing the dirt at Café Lafitte, the New Orleans bar that supposedly hosts Capote’s ghost on the stairwell. The two could chat about how to throw a fabulous fete, favorite artists and the interesting finds to be found when a forgetful queen goes on vacation.