On September 26, Sotheby’s will auction the art collection of celebrated New York playwright Edward Albee.
Albee, who died last year, is best known for his 1962 drama Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Albee's TriBeCa home was full of art
In 1966, it was made into a hugely successful film starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.
Albee built much of his collection from the money he made on selling the script.
Over 100 works, worth an estimated $9m, will cross the block in the sale.
The collection spans the 20th century and includes sculpture and works on canvas and paper from artists as diverse as John Cage and Josef Albers.
All the proceeds from the auction will benefit the Edward Albee Foundation, which operates a creative retreat in Montauk, New York.
Albee opened the retreat in the mid-1960s to provide artists and writers with a place to work away from their normal lives.
It offers month long residencies to those who need it.
Jakob Holder, a friend of Albee and the head of his foundation, said: “He didn’t buy art as a matter of investment or hobby – he bought it for the quality of communication he could have with it.”
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