Lauren Bacall collection sold by Bonhams New York


Lauren bacall. Imgae courtesy of Wikipedia

Bonhams New York’s sale on 31 March and 1 April 2015 auctioned 750 pieces from the Lauren Bacall collection, bringing in a turnover of $3.64 million.

One of the most important results of the sale was realised by an engraving of a white pelican dating from 1836, originating from the famous work by John James Audubon, The Birds of America, which sold for $173,000, far higher than its estimate, which was between $40,000 and $60,000. Another page from the same work, depicting a Pelicanus puscus, was sold for $68,750. Three large figurative sculptures by Robert Graham also drew a lot of attention from collectors, bringing in a total of $130,000. These female bronze nudes which Bacall referred to as her “daughters”, were some of the actress’ favourites. As for furniture, a games table in black granite belonging to Humphrey Bogart was sold for $26,250, ten times its low-end estimate. In the memorabilia and personal effects of Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart section of the sale, portraits and jewellery sold particularly well: a portrait of Bacall sold for $15,000, a portrait of Bogart for $47,500, and a Tiffany & Co. necklace for $52,500.

The collection also included works signed by various artists and writers including: David Hockney, which sold for $3,125; Henry Moore, for $3,125; and the American writer Joseph Heller, which sold for $1,187.