Actor José Ferrer’s art collection headlining at Roland Auctions NY event Oct. 7

José Ferrer

Lester Johnson, ‘Beethoven Series,’ Long Island, 1964, framed acrylic canvas abstract. Estimate $3,000-$5,000. Roland Auctions NY image


NEW YORK – The art collection of Oscar-winning actor José Ferrer will be the featured attraction at Roland Auctions NY’s next monthly Estate Auction on Saturday, Oct. 7. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

These items have been selected to provide opportunities for collectors from novice beginner to blue chip connoisseur, according to Roland Auctions NY owners Bill and Robert Roland.

José Ferrer

O. Winston Link, photograph titled ‘Hot Shot Eastbound at the Drive In.’ Estimate: $2,500-$3,750. Roland Auctions NY image


In a recent conversation, Mrs. José Ferrer explained that collection grew along with her late husband’s career and ever-widening circle of friends. Among those friends are such sought-after artists as Dong Kingman, Marcel Vertes and Andres Monréal.

José Ferrar (1912-1992) was born and raised in Puerto Rico, a fact that Mrs. Ferrer attributes to his passion for Latin American artists and the reason they resonated strongly with his innate sensibilities.

“My husband was an artist himself, in fact he compulsively drew throughout his life,” said Mrs. Ferrer. “When he was young, José studied architecture at Princeton University.” Expanding upon the aesthetics of this collection, she was quick to add, “He was not one to follow the market trends, or the prevailing fashions of the day, rather José sought out works that possessed a personal significance such as the Julio Rosado Del Valle portrait, or the Guillermo Meza study of a torso, or most importantly the Juan Soriano and Jesus Reyes ‘Chucho’ Ferreira Violet Filly.

Perhaps the gem of the Oct. 7 auction is Salvador Dali’s The Reality of a Dream (below). An original pen and ink composition, this work is a Surrealist tour de force. Executed with masterful draftsmanship this drawing possesses several iconic elements/symbols well known within Dali’s oeuvre. Comprising a landscape rendered as a representation of linear perspective from the Renaissance painting tradition, Dali has superimposed an array of strange and unreal objects.


José Ferrer

Salvador Dali, ‘The Reality of a Dream,’ pen and ink. Estimate: $70,000-$90,000. Roland Auctions NY image


In 1950, while working in France on the film adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac – roles that earned him both a Tony Award and an Oscar – Ferrer developed an interest in the graphic works of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Georges Rouault.

Upon his return to the United States, he began a decades-long friendship with the acclaimed art dealer Victor Hammer, co-founder of Hammer Galleries on West 57th Street in New York City. Only a few blocks from his home on Central Park South, Ferrer would frequently visit the gallerist in search of fresh works of art. The selections in Saturday’s auction attest to Ferrer’s aesthetic passions with exclusive offerings of important Latin American and French works of art. A quarter of a century after Ferrer’s death, Roland Auctions NY is bringing this private collection to the market.


José Ferrer

David Fertig, ‘The Battle of the Nile,’ oil on board. Estimate $800-$1,200. Roland Auctions NY image


The catalog also offers a spectrum of fine art, silver, antiques and modern design that promises an exciting auction day.


José Ferrer

Tiffany Studios blue Cypriote vase, 6in h. Estimate $4,000-$6,000. Roland Auctions NY image


The auction will begin at 10 a.m. Eastern time. For details contact Roland Auctions NY at 212-260-2000.