Legendary Collector, Philanthropist, Businessman And Transformative Owner of Sotheby’s
HISTORIC AMERICAN COLLECTION SPANNING ANTIQUITY TO CONTEMPORARY ART OFFERED IN A SERIES OF DEDICATED AUCTIONS IN NEW YORK BEGINNING THIS FALL
NEW YORK, 4 September 2015 – Sotheby’s is thrilled to announce that the collection of legendary collector, philanthropist and businessman A. Alfred Taubman will be sold in a series of dedicated auctions beginning this autumn in New York*. The remarkable collection, which comprises more than 500 works stretching from antiquity to contemporary art, is valued in excess of $500 million, making it the most valuable private collection ever offered at auction.
Alfred Taubman, who passed away in April at the age of 91, immersed himself in the arts throughout his life – from his early training as an architect, to critical roles as a founder of the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institution, a board member of the Whitney Museum of American Art and longtime Chairman of the Arts Commission of Detroit, the entity which oversaw the Detroit Institute of Arts. “Alfred had an exceptional visual sense that informed his collecting,” said Simon Shaw, Co-Head of Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art Department Worldwide. “The upcoming auctions will unveil Alfred’s extraordinary taste across periods and genres. The Taubman name will join such storied American collections as Ford, Gould, Dorrance, Havemeyer and Thannhauser. Interestingly, a number of the works we are presenting for sale were formerly part of those esteemed collections.” Alex Rotter, Co-Head of Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Department Worldwide, commented, “Individual works in the collection, which Alfred personally selected over a half century, tell equally exciting stories, with stunning examples by Jasper Johns, Willem de Kooning, and Jackson Pollock, bearing the marks of such storied galleries as Leo Castelli, Betty Parsons, and Xavier Fourcade.”
Represented in the broad-ranging collection are an impressive number of iconic artists including: Mark Rothko and Frank Stella; Pablo Picasso and Egon Schiele; Winslow Homer and Charles Burchfield; and Albrecht Dürer and Raphael… Read more here.