Pianist Van Cliburn’s art and memorabilia auctions at Christie’s New York
Memorabilia and art owned by ‘the Texan who conquered Russia’ is for sale at Christie’s New York
Paul Fraser Collectibles, Thursday 23 February 2012
On May 17, Christie's will offer more than 150 lots including art, memorabilia and jewellery from the personal collection of Van Cliburn.
Van Cliburn was one of America's greatest pianists, and collectors will have a chance to own his English furniture, Russian Art, Silver and Jewels.
All the lots reflect Mr. Cliburn's refined taste and his private passion for collecting. Estimates range from $1,000 to $250,000. The total auction result could reach $3m.
"The Van Cliburn Collection ... reveals a uniquely personal side to this supremely talented musician," said William Strafford, Head of Private Collections.
"Mr. Cliburn's passionate pursuit of perfection in his music is reflected in the superb works of art he acquired for his personal collection."
The auction promises to be a visually-striking event, with historically-important and rare examples of English furniture and silver selling alongside dazzling works of art from Russia. Van Cliburn remains revered in Russia today.
The sale will take place in New York. Watch this space for more news.
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