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The allure of Lauren Bacall: every lot in her collection sells at Bonhams New York

Bacall portrait

New York – Dopo due giorni tutti i 740 lotti della Lauren Bacall Collection sono stati venduti, per un totale di £ 2.45m ($ 3.64m).

Comprese due sculture in bronzo dell’artista britannico, Henry Moore, vendute all’asta Impressionist and Modern del novembre scorso presso la sede Bonhams di Londra a New Bond Street, il risultato finale per l’intera Lauren Bacall Collection è di £ 3.4m (5 milioni di dollari). Più di 1.500 offerenti provenienti da 34 paesi hanno preso parte all’asta di più alto profilo della stagione Bonhams. Sono stati venduti quasi tutti gli oggetti collezionati dall’attrice nel grande appartamento del Dakota Building di New York.

Dakota Building - New York

Dakota Building – New York

John King, che ha diretto la vendita ed era amico di Bacall, ha commentato: “Siamo stati orgogliosi di assistere all’entusiasmo che ha suscitato quest’asta. Il gusto e un po’ del carattere di Lauren Bacall vivranno ora nelle case dei suoi innumerevoli ammiratori.

Qui di seguito una galleria di alcuni dei lotti in asta.

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New York – After a two-day, 20-hour marathon auction at Bonhams New York, all 740 lots of the Lauren Bacall Collection were sold, totaling £2.45m ($3.64m).

With two bronze sculptures by British artist, Henry Moore, which sold in November’s Impressionist and Modern auction at Bonhams New Bond Street, the final result for the entire Lauren Bacall Collection is £3.4m ($5m).

More than 1,500 bidders from 34 countries took part in the highest profile auction of the season at Bonhams. The actress, who passed away in August 2014, lived in a spacious 4,000 sq. ft. apartment in New York’s Dakota Building where almost every item in the auction was on display.

Jon King, Director and Vice President at Bonhams, orchestrated the sale, and was a friend of Bacall. He said: ‘We have been humbled by the worldwide outpouring of enthusiasm for this sale. Bacall’s legacy will live on in the homes of her countless admirers.’

Top lots include:

American White Pelican, an 1836 hand-coloured engraving by artist and naturalist, John James Audubon, which realised £95,000 ($173,000), almost three times its high estimate of £40,400 ($60,000). The work is from the Havell edition of The Birds of America, a book of illustrations by Audubon published between 1827 and 1838.

Two landscapes by Albert York (American, 1926-2009), titled Landscape with Trees; and A Country Fence, which achieved a world record for the artist, selling for £88,000 ($161,000).

Three-Quarter Mother and Child, a bronze sculpture by Henry Moore, which sold for £62,200 ($118,750), more than three times its high estimate.

Gabrielle (1993), a sculpture by Robert Graham, which sold for £31,000 ($57,500), soaring past its high estimate.

An amethyst, turquoise and diamond ring by Jean Schlumberger which achieved £28,400 ($52,500) against an estimate of £5,400-8,000 ($8,000-12,000).

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