NEW YORK – Four important private collections realized spectacular results at Bonhams in New York this week across two sales – Style and Substance: The Collection of George and Charlotte Shultz on May 23 and New York Jewels on May 24, featuring the collections of Helene Irwin Crocker Fagan, Lady Sylvia Ashley and Bette Midler. Standout lots include a Cartier emerald Art Deco bracelet from the collection of Helene Irwin Crocker Fagan, which sold for $3,240,375, more than four times its estimate, and from Charlotte Schultz, a Jean Schlumberger necklace for Tiffany & Co sold for half a million dollars.
LOS ANGELES – Pieces collected by the late Kirk and Anne Douglas drew thousands of bidders to a May 18 sale by Andrew Jones Auctions to benefit The Douglas Foundation. The sale achieved a total of $343,000 as well as white glove status. More than 200 lots of modern art, antiques, tribal works, fine and costume jewelry, personalized accessories, memorabilia, books and ephemera were offered.
PHILADELPHIA — In three back-to-back sales, two held on May 11 and one on May 12, Freeman’s brought fresh-to-market modern and contemporary art and design works to auction, including single-owner collections. The trio of auctions was marked by competitive bidding between international buyers, resulting in sales of Henry Moore’s bronze Architectural Project for $428,400, Marc Chagall’s Devant la Fenetre a Sils for $453,600, and a Conoid bench by George Nakashima for $94,500.
CHICAGO – Potter & Potter Auctions‘ Enter the Matrix: The Wachowski Collection sale was as breathtaking as its namesake legacy film. The May 12 event, which totaled $492,000, generated a contribution of more than $300,000 for the Protect and Defend Trans Youth Fund. The offerings included memorabilia, props, awards and concept art from classic movies including The Matrix, V for Vendetta, Sense8, Jupiter Ascending and Cloud Atlas.
NEW YORK – Capsule Auctions‘ April 28 auction, titled Vistas: American and European Art, was a success. The sale consisted of slightly more than 200 lots and included works from the collection of Seymour Stein. The top lot of the sale was Reginald Arthur’s operatic work from 1895, Joseph Interpreting Pharaoh’s Dream, from the Seymour Stein collection. The Egyptian Revival oil on canvas, accompanied by a massive and ornate gilt frame, sold for $58,500.
NEW HAMBURG, Canada – A pair of paintings by the Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis (1901-1970) blasted through their pre-sale estimates to finish at a combined $501,500 (about $390,000), and a group of letters written by Lewis to a fellow artist and confidante hit $82,600 in an online Canadiana & Decorative Arts auction held May 14 by Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd. All sums given in this story are in Canadian dollars.
MARLBOROUGH, Mass. – Skinner Auctioneers presented its initial sale from the the Jim Dixon collection, commanding widespread interest beyond the centerpiece Ming Imperial dragon carpet. The May 4 auction represented the first of several planned sales from the lifetime accruals of Jim Dixon, a passionate antiquarian and outsized figure in the world of fine woven textiles who passed away in 2020. Sales for both the live May 4 auction and a late April-early May online auction together reached $1,375,805.