NEW YORK – The late Gloria Vanderbilt’s boundless creativity encompassed painting, writing, and designing a vast array of goods from stylish tableware to wildly popular women’s jeans. However, many may not have known how artistically talented she was until last week when news reports worldwide chronicled various aspects of her remarkable life. Vanderbilt, heiress to a vast railroad and shipping fortune amassed during the 19th century, died on June 17 at age 95.
Following Vanderbilt’s passing, new and revived interest in her art was immediately noticeable on LiveAuctioneers. Among the lots attracting strong competitive bidding was the circa-1970 serigraph titled Venus. Artist-signed and numbered 55/300, it had been entered in Fine Estate, Inc.’s June 23 auction with a $300-$500 estimate. At the end of its online rally, one of several LiveAuctioneers competitors won the artwork with a top bid of $3,000 plus buyer’s premium – six times the high estimate.
Vanderbilt, who was known as a forward thinker throughout her life, surely would have been pleased to know that her art was being discovered and appreciated in such a modern way.
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