The highly anticipated and first-of-its-kind sale of the private property of late author Joan Didion concluded today at the Stair Galleries located in the Hudson. Lot 1 opens at 11:00 a.m. Lot 224 closes much later, into the evening, with only a few breaks.
In total, the sale was able to raise $1,920,700 to support research into movement disorders at Columbia University. and the Sacramento City College Scholarship for Women in Literature.
Didion’s family chose the beneficiary of the sale, but the Stair carefully screened the intimate offer. Their eye on everyday life has created Didion’s classic portraits: a Loro Piana cashmere shawl, reading glasses. family photos paperweight from desk Even her Le Creuset dishware—perhaps soiled while making her famous jambalayas.
The author’s art collections of paintings, prints, sculptures and temporary exhibitions also take over.
It’s all in the public eye at the Stair’s Warren Street headquarters. “We set it up like her apartment,” Stair director Lisa Thomas told Artnet News about the showcase this morning.
Score makes a pilgrimage to see Didion’s personal belongings, though Thomas declines to provide specifics. but she allowed “Some famous people have been through the exhibition. Including the artist.” Renowned auctioneers from California also participated in the sale. she added
Some visitors to the Stair were shocked by the small estimates attached to each lot: $100 for Didion’s brass Cartier table clock, $1,000 for Robert Rauschenberg’s engraving.
“The item is of inherent value,” Thomas told a bidder who was looking at articles on the table. including journals and glass cubes printed with the letter J. “We do not add value to the famous people they own.”
Before the sale started this morning Online bids for those tabletop articles pushed the lot from an opening price of $200 to an asking price of $2,200, ultimately bringing it to $11,000. A Cartier watch for $35,000. Rauschenberg sold for $27,000, just like early standalone lots. featuring oversized faux tortoiseshell sunglasses from Didion’s latest Celine ad campaign.
“Holy Moley, the Joan Didion auction looks like the crypto bubble never burst.,”some people TweetHer collection of scattered beach shells sells for $7,000 Yolo.
Although Didion passed away. But her readers are still alive. “We have no plans to auction off Didion again in the future,” Thomas said, “but we would love to!”
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