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The Collection of Edward Albee Raises $12.5 Million as Academy Award-Winner Mercedes Ruehl Remembers Him

The Collection of Edward Albee Raises $12.5 Million as Academy Award-Winner Mercedes Ruehl Remembers Him
JOHN MCLAUGHLIN UNTITLED

JOHN MCLAUGHLIN
UNTITLED Estimate at $15,000 — $20,000. Sold for $43,750

Sotheby’s offered The Collection of Edward Albee in a dedicated auction September 26th in New York. The full proceeds of the sale benefits The Edward F. Albee Foundation, which provides residencies for writers and visual artists in Montauk, Long Island. Albee a long time art collector had museum quality work.

ILYA BOLOTOWSKY WHITE TONDO

ILYA BOLOTOWSKY
WHITE TONDO Estimate at $10,000 — $15,000 Lot Sold for $75,000

For many, the Sotheby’s auction offered a new window into Edward Albee’s life and creative mind. Sourced from artists, friends and galleries over several decades, the majority of the 100+ works on offer adorned the walls of Albee’s Tribeca loft, which he rehung often to explore new artistic connections. In keeping with his constant experimentation as a playwright, the collection focuses on the birth and evolution of Abstraction in 20th century art, and a highly-personal intellectual pursuit of the ephemeral and the elusive – from a stunning figural work by Milton Avery, to a whimsical relief by Jean Arp, a Bauhaus work by Wassily Kandinsky, and a group of geometric abstractions by John McLaughlin.

ROBERT GIARD EDWARD ALBEE: FOUR WORKS

ROBERT GIARD
EDWARD ALBEE: FOUR WORKS Estimated at $500 $700 Lot Sold for $6,000

Academy Award-winner Mercedes Ruehl reflects on her time working with the celebrated playwright.

KURT SCHWITTERS

KURT SCHWITTERS
OHNE TITEL (ABSTRAKTES BILD MIT OCKERFARBENEM KREIS) (UNTITLED (ABSTRACT PAINTING WITH OCHRE CIRCLE))
Estimated at $200,000 — $300,000 Lot Sold for $77,500

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT
WINDOW FROM THE EMIL BACH HOUSE, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
Estimated at $10,000 — $15,000 Lot Sold $68,750

WALT KUHN

WALT KUHN
HELEN
Estimated at $100,000 — $150,000 Lot Sold for $225,000

MILTON AVERY

MILTON AVERY
TWO NUDES
Estimated at $400,000 — $600,000 Lot Sold for $372,500

LEE KRASNER

LEE KRASNER
UNTITLED
Estimated at $120,000 — $180,000 Lot Sold for $588,500

 

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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