Goldfinch Auctions to sell Tim Hunt & Tama Janowitz collection May 20


Naomi Safran-Hon (Israeli b.1984), ‘Tunnel Yard,’ archival inkjet print, lace and cement on canvas, 23 x 30.5 in., three-dimensional art – concrete protruding from pipes. Signed and dated 2011. Estimate: $3,800-$4,88. Goldfinch Auctions image

FLEMINGTON, N.J. – Goldfinch Auctions announces a unique sale from the Collection of Tim Hunt and Tama Janowitz on Sunday, May 20. The sale includes the Andy Warhol “Man Ray” Polaroid, and works by Robert Mapplthorp, Tom Bell, Tracey Emin, Mike Bidlo, John Waters, Billy The Artist, Sidney Geist, Yuri Avvakumov, Albert Steiner, Tama Janowitz and her father Jullian Janowitz. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

Art, art glass, found objects, ancient and ethnographic pieces, furniture and decorative objects, make up this diverse 450-plus lot sale.


Andy Warhol (1928-1987), ‘Man Ray,’ unique Polaroid photograph, with the photographer’s blindstamp in lower right margin, matted, framed, 1973. Estimate: $4,000-$10,000. Goldfinch Auctions image

Tim Hunt, who died recently, was the curator of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts for more than 20 years. He had a deep love for tribal art and culture. Before joining the foundation, Tim was a prominent gallerist and curator, and worked at Christies London (1980-1986), specializing in African and Oceanic art.


A selection of art glass opens the auction, including these Czech bowls. Estimate: 100-$300. Goldfinch Auctions image

The over-the-top and always brilliant Tama Janowitz helped define ’80 culture in America. Author of “Slaves of New York” and other bestsellers, she was a frequent guest on David Letterman and a memorable and edgy spokesperson for Amaretto and Apple Computers. Tama’s close relationship with Andy Warhol is a cherished time in her life – two creative, spontaneous souls, bounding about New York.


Mike Bidlo, ‘Not Pollock,’ signed ‘Bidlo’ (with handprint) on reverse, oil and enamel on canvas 23 x 18.75 in. Estimate: $3,000-$7,000. Goldfinch Auctions image

Often referred to in the press as “Tim and Tam,” Hunt and Janowitz married and adopted a daughter, Willow, from China. Tama currently enjoys a quieter life in upstate New York, where she loves to ride horses and write.


Dogan African figure, Mali. 9.25 in. h. Estimate: $900-$2,5009. Goldfinch Auctions image

The auction of the Collection of Tim Hunt and Tama Janowitz on Sunday, May 20, will start at 1:15 p.m. Eastern time.

For details contact Goldfinch Auctions at or 908-237-3995.