Yaacom Agam sculptural menorah in play at Kensington Estate Auction, Dec. 12

Yaacov Agam limited edition menorah with nine removable dreidels, estimated at $1,000-$3,000

Yaacov Agam limited edition menorah with removable dreidels, estimated at $1,000-$3,000

CLINTONDALE, N.Y.- Kensington Estate Auction’s Monday, December 12 on-line auction will feature jewelry, art, photography, rugs, signed books, vintage women’s accessories and signed photos and handwritten correspondence from stars of the stage and the screen, as well as political figures. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

The standout lot in the jewelry category is a 19th-century south Indian jeweled pendant festooned with emeralds, rubies and diamonds set in 22K gold. With a modest estimate of $3,000-$5,000, bidding has been and will likely continue to be very active for this piece.

South Indian 22K gold, emerald, diamond and ruby pendant, estimated at $3,000-$5,000


South Indian 22K gold, emerald, diamond and ruby pendant, estimated at $3,000-$5,000

Items of special interest include a Yaacov Agam dreidel Chanukah menorah, estimated at $1,000-$3,000. The remarkable piece, which is incised with the signature AGAM and is number 199 from a limited edition of 250, amounts to a petite kinetic sculpture. Every branch is in the form of a Hanukah dreidel set upon a rectangular base, and its movable stems can be rotated at will. The nine dreidels, all removable and one placed atop each stem, spin on precision ball bearings.

Pat Keck, ‘Siamese Twins,’ estimated at $1,000-$2,000

Pat Keck, ‘Siamese Twins,’ estimated at $1,000-$2,000

Also featured is a 1981 carved articulated hanging wooden folk art sculpture by Pat Keck. It is titled Siamese Twins and estimated at $1,000-$2,000.

Male torso mannequin transformed by street artist LA II, estimated at $600-$1,000


Male torso mannequin transformed by street artist LA II, estimated at $600-$1,000

Film stars of the stage and screen are represented by signed contracts for Boris Karloff and Basil Rathbone. In addition, from the estate of Lillian Gish come collections of signed photographs and correspondence to and from Gish with friends such as Marlene Dietrich, Bette Davis, Joan Fontaine and Roddy McDowall.

The urban art and pop culture selections include several tagged sculptures by LA II (birth name Angel Ortiz), one of which is a male torso mannequin that he transformed sometime in the 1990s with black acrylic paint and metallic gold paint marker. Its estimate is $600-$1,000.

 

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