Gray’s to auction corporate art collection of Richard E. Jacobs Group

Jim Dine (b. 1935), ‘The Kindergarten Robe,’ 1983, woodcut, signed, dated and numbered 12/75 lower margin, framed dimensions: h: 65 1/4 x w: 78 1/2 in. Estimate: $4,000-$6,000. Gray’s Auctioneers image


CLEVELAND – Gray’s Auctioneers has been selected to auction the remaining corporate art collection of the Richard E. Jacobs Group of Westlake, Ohio. Gray’s will be auctioning the group’s art collection on June 28 starting at 11 a.m. Eastern time. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

Dick Jacobs, along with his brother David, were national real estate developers. They were hailed by many as hometown heroes, having been instrumental in the renaissance of downtown Cleveland with the development of the tallest skyscraper in Ohio, Key Tower, in 1991.

Dick and David Jacobs were also well known for owning the Cleveland Indians baseball team from 1986 to 1999. Jacobs Field (now Progressive Field) bore the family name from its opening in 1994 until 2008. Their tenure as Indians owners marked one of the team’s most successful periods, twice reaching the World Series (1995 and 1997) and winning five consecutive divisional championships (1995-1999).

Jim Dine, the American pop artist from Cincinnati (b.1939) has one of the highlighted lots in the auction at Lot 70. It is an oversize woodcut, The Kindergarten Robe (above), from 1983.


Joel Sternfeld (b. 1944), ‘The Space Shuttle Columbia Lands at Kelly Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas, March 1979,’ chromogenic print, signed and title on verso. Sheet dimensions: h: 15 7/8 x w: 20 in. Estimate: $2,000-$4,000. Gray’s Auctioneers image


Lots 1 and 2 are large format, fine art color photographs by Joel Sternfeld (b. 1944). Sternfeld is well known for large-format color photographs that extend the tradition of chronicling roadside America initiated by Walker Evans in the 1930s.


Joel Sternfeld (b. 1944), ‘Wet ‘n Wild Aquatic Theme Park, Orlando, Florida, September (1980),’ chromogenic print, signed and titled on verso. Sheet dimensions: h: 20 x w: 23 7/8 in. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. Gray’s Auctioneers image


Frank Stella’s (b.1936) offset lithograph Shards III, 1982, and two important silk screens by Jackson Pollack are also featured at lots 72 and 73, along with a well-rounded collection of local artist’s works, original lithographs, etchings and several large-scale photographs of some of downtown Cleveland’s most treasured landmarks.

For more information contact Gray’s Auctioneers at or 216-226-3300.