LOS ANGELES, Calif. â The varied and wondrous pieces collected by the late Kirk and Anne Douglas have drawn thousands of bidders to âwhite gloveâ results in the online auction to benefit the Douglas Foundation. The sale was held on May 18 by Andrew Jones Auctions and fetched a total of $343,000. Over 200 lots of modern art, antiques, tribal works, fine and costume jewelry, personalized accessories, memorabilia, books and ephemera were offered.
“This was our sixth ‘white glove’ sale since October,” said Andrew Jones, president and CEO of Andrew Jones Auctions. âThe bidding was dynamic throughout, with multiple bidders for each lot. People appreciated the exquisite taste of the Douglas. The sale attracted a slew of new customers who were no doubt looking for a memento of this legendary Hollywood couple. In the end, a lot of money was raised for the Douglas Foundation and all the very worthy causes it supports.
All prices quoted in this report include the buyer’s premium. Internet auctions were facilitated by AndrewJonesAuctions.com and popular platforms LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com.
Top lots included oil on canvas by Antoni ClavÃ© The child with the bird and Incre Gorge, 1993, a color lithograph and serigraph by pop art influencer David Hockney. Both works fetched $37,500. Also sold was Absolute Vodka1985, a color offset lithograph by Andy Warhol, as well as a monumental 1963 abstract aluminum sculpture by William (Bill) Tarr, which adorned the foot of the couple’s own Walk of Fame in the backyard of their home from Beverly Hills ($8,750).
Most of Douglas’ wonderful selections of Chinese and Asian artworks exceeded their pre-sale estimates, including a Chinese export porcelain planter on a stand that fetched $11,250, a group of twelve Chinese export porcelain tobacco leaf pattern serving ware that fetched $8,125 and a Mughal-style gem-set gold box that fetched $6,250.
Other stars of the day included a striking early 20th-century Western Anatolian Oushak rug that changed hands for $10,625, an Italian Baroque painted relief plaque of a palm tree that went to a determined bidder for $8,750, an 18k gold and mixed gemstone necklace pendant that went for $5,750 and a set of six books signed by Stanley Kubrick that ended up at $4,000.
Longtime philanthropists Kirk and Anne founded the Douglas Foundation in 1964, which has since supported many institutions focused on the arts, health, education and welfare of women and children. The Douglas Foundation donated more than $120 million to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles on Film and Television Fund (MPTF) and the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Women’s Cancer Research Fund, as well as other worthy organizations.
Kirk met Anne Buydens, a movie publicist, on the set of act of love in 1953 and they married a year later. Before joining the film industry, Anne worked in a Parisian gallery where she developed a keen sense of modern art. Kirk and Anne Douglas have spent six decades building a collection of art, antiques and memorabilia that captures the time they shared, their friends, their work and their history.
Next up for Andrew Jones Auctions is Part V of The John Nelson Collection on Sunday June 5, followed by ownership of the collection of Dino and Martha De Laurentis and the private collection of Mitzi Gaynor, both to be held on June 29. June.
Opened in the summer of 2018, Andrew Jones Auctions is a full-service fine art and antiques auction house specializing in the liquidation of estates and collections of fine art, antiques and of collectibles. The company understands market trends and anticipates the 21st century.
The highly experienced staff have a wealth of knowledge and international flair, having worked for many years at major international auction houses in North America and Europe, buying properties across the United States. Sales at Andrew Jones Auctions are diverse and eclectic, ranging from fine diamonds to contemporary art, ranging from antiquity to the present day.
To learn more about Andrew Jones Auctions and the company’s upcoming auction schedule, please visit www.andrewjonesauctions.com. Updates are released frequently. They can be reached by phone at (213) 748-8008 or by email at [email protected]
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