OAKLAND, Calif. –The first installment of the Robin Leach Collection will take center stage at Clars’ Oct. 13 auction, which is complemented by significant works in fine art by artists including Nathan Oliveira, George Rodrigue and Rufino Tamayo. The property to be offered at this sale comes from prominent California estates as well as museums, private institutions and special collections. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.
The extraordinary collection of entertainment icon, notable journalist and philanthropist Robin Leach (1941-2018) is a reflection of his incredible life, desire for the finest and spans a variety of categories. Proceeds from the sale of his collection will go to the Robin Leach Charitable Foundation.
A reflection of his famous quote “champagne wishes and caviar dreams,” the Oct. 13 sale will present his amazing collection of fine wines and champagnes. Among these will be a 1990 Louis Roederer Champagne Cristal Brut Millennium Methuselah which will be offered for $10,000-15,000. Also to be offered will be a Richard Hennessy Cognac, a 1969 Krug Champagne personally inscribed by Henry Krug and a 1994 Chateau Lafite Rothschild Pauillac.
Indicative of his gregarious personality is the estate’s cadre of celebrity gifts, including a framed inscription and drawing from Ruby “Tuesday” Mazur, the designer of the Rolling Stones tongue, (below) and an autographed chef’s jacket featuring Bobby Flay.
Robin Leach was also a highly respected collector of extraordinary paperweights. Coming to this sale will be several group lots with examples by makers including Orient & Flume, Caithness, Chris Heilman and Steve Lundberg for Lundberg Studios (below).
His passion for fine decorative arts and furnishings is evidenced in the selection of bronzes by various artists including Pal Kepenyes and Steve Tobin.
A fine selection of furniture will also be offered including a Burmese pierced console table and other designer pieces including a floor lamp attributed to Serge Roche.
The second installment of the Robin Leach Collection will be presented at Clars’ Nov. 17. For more information contact Cristina Campion, senior specialist with Clars at 510-428-0100, ext. 117 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Several important works by Nathan Oliveira (American, 1928-2010) come to the sale from the Victoria Chann Collection of Piedmont, Calif. Oliveira was a celebrated member of the San Francisco Bay Area figurist artist community working in a variety of media creating both works on canvas and sculpture.
To be presented in October will be his bronze sculpture titled Figure Five, 1983, that will be offered for $50,000-$70,000 (below). Two of his paintings will be also offered. The first, Untitled (Face), 1985, is an oil on canvas which carries the estimated of $20,000-$40,000. The second work is his oil on canvas titled Ryan Site II, 1982, which will be offered for $20,000-$40,000.
A painting by George Rodrigue (American, 1944-2013) will also attract collectors. Titled Hanging Out With Maise, 1993, this oil on canvas will be offered for $20,000-$40,000.
Rounding out the top fine art offerings will be a lot of 10 hand-colored lithographs, The Pre-Columbian Idols Series, 1976, from renowned Mexican artist Rufino Tamayo (1899-1991). This portfolio will be offered for $10,000-$15,000.
The highlight of the Asian art and antiques category is a Chinese scroll titled Beauty and Tiger attributed to Leng Mei (Chinese, circa 1677-1742) that will be offered for $6,000-$9,000.
A Japanese natsume by Maehata Shunsai features takamakie on black lacquer and is estimated to sell for $5,000 – 7,000. Carrying the same estimate is a Dongson bronze drum (Heger type 1) which comes to the sale from a prominent private San Diego (CA) collection.
The star of this category will be a diamond and 18k white gold necklace which features 307 graduated full-cut diamonds weighing a total of approximately 15.30 carats ($6,000-$9,000).