NEW YORK – Select decorative art items from the estate of Sandy Gallin, the entertainment talent manager turned interior designer, took center stage at Capo Auction Fine Art and Antiques Oct. 21 auction, along with lots from other collections, which also sold very well at the sale. Absentee and Internet bidding was available through LiveAuctioneers.
Sandy Gallin, who died in April of this year, helped shape the careers of Barbra Streisand, Mariah Carey Dolly Parton, Cher, Neil Diamond, Whoopi Goldberg and others. In later years, he forged a successful second career buying, interior designing and selling dozens of multimillion-dollar estates, working on homes for show business heavyweights like Jeffrey Katzenberg.
Gallin amassed an extensive personal collection of decorative arts, contemporary art and furnishings spread out between his homes. Exceptional pieces that sold at Capo Auction included a large abstract bronze sculpture by Juan Hamilton (American, b. 1945), signed and dated 1981, which sold for $7,500 (below). A smaller Juan Hamilton abstract shape in bronze, 1979, having a Gerald Peters Gallery label, sold for $3,000. A Sophia Vari (American/Greek, b. 1940) untitled bronze, signed “Vari” and stamped “1/6,” brought $5,312.
Gallin’s impressive collection of lighting included the Galle cameo glass table lamp sold for $10,000; a Daum Nancy table lamp of yellow acid etched glass with matching domed shade, $3,750; and a Tiffany glass table lamp consisting of a bronze base and a tapered shade with green ripple glass inserts, 15 inches tall, $2,250.
Gallin’s 9¼-inch R. Lalique green glass vase, an ovoid shape having an allover raised foliate decoration, sold for $2,125.
Other top sellers at the Capo auction were an Alfredo Zorrilla (Uruguay, 1927 – 1990), oil on canvas titled San Martin, which sold for $7,500; a J. Clesinger (Italian, 19th century) 34-inch-tall bronze sculpture of a Greek woman holding a lyre, $4,062; and an Alexander Ney (Russian, b. 1939) elongated head of terra-cotta (below), 1983, 11 by 14 by 9 inches, $4,375. A small Russian silver bulldog with garnet eyes and a nephrite jade base sold for $875.
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