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.
“This was our sixth white glove sale since October,” said Andrew Jones, president and CEO of Andrew Jones Auctions. “The bidding was buoyant throughout, with multiple bidders for every lot. People appreciated the Douglas’s exquisite taste. The sale attracted a host of new clients who undoubtedly sought a memento from this legendary Hollywood couple. In the end, a great deal of money was raised for The Douglas Foundation and all of the very worthy causes it supports.”
Tied for top lot status were Antoni Clave’s painting L’enfant a l’oiseaux and Gorge d’Incre, a 1993 lithograph and screenprint in colors by pop art influencer David Hockney. Both works achieved $37,500. Also sold was a monumental 1963 abstract sculpture in aluminum by William (Bill) Tarr, which graced the foot of the couple’s own Walk of Fame in the backyard of their Beverly Hills home. The sculpture realized $8,750.
Most of the Douglas’s selection of Chinese and Asian works of art outperformed their estimates, including a Chinese Export porcelain jardiniere on stand, which made $11,250; a 12-piece group of Chinese Export porcelain tobacco leaf pattern serving ware that realized $8,125; and a Mughal-style gem-set gold box that achieved $6,250.
Other stars of the day included a striking Oushak carpet from West Anatolia from the early 20th century that changed hands for $10,625; an Italian Baroque painted relief plaque of a palm tree that went to a determined bidder for $8,750; an 18K gold and mixed gemstone pendant necklace that attained for $5,750; and a group of six Stanley Kubrick-signed books that finished at $4,000.
Longtime philanthropists Kirk and Anne Douglas started the Douglas Foundation in 1964, which has since supported many institutions focused on the arts, healthcare, education and women and children’s wellbeing. The Douglas Foundation has donated more than $120 million to the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the Motion Picture & Television Fund (MPTF) and The Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Women’s Cancer Research Fund, as well as other worthy organizations.
Kirk met Anne Buydens, a film publicist, on the set of Act of Love in 1953 and they married a year later. Before joining the film industry, Anne worked in a Paris gallery where she developed a keen eye for modern art. Kirk and Anne Douglas spent six decades building a collection of fine art, antiques and memorabilia that captured the time they shared.
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