The Marian Sulzberger Heiskell and Andrew Heiskell Collection at Doyle

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  • October 21, 2019

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Doyle will auction The Marian Sulzberger Heiskell and Andrew Heiskell Collection in select auctions this Fall. Highlights include works by Helen Frankenthaler, Carl Frederick Frieseke, Pierre Eugene Montezin, Arnoldo Pomodoro, Auguste Rodin and Georges Braque.

Marian Sulzberger Heiskell and Andrew Heiskell photographed by Bill Cunningham for The New York Times

Marian Effie Sulzberger was born in 1918 in Manhattan, the daughter of Arthur Hays Sulzberger and the former Iphigene Ochs, whose father, Adolph S. Ochs, purchased The New York Times in 1896. For 34 years, Marian worked as a Director of The Times, where her grandfather, father, husband, brother, nephew and grand-nephew served as successive publishers. Her work at the newspaper focused on educational projects.

A civic leader and philanthropist, Marian championed outdoor community spaces across the city. In 1970, Marian joined forces with New York City Mayor, John Lindsay, to establish the Council on the Environment, which created community-run parks, playgrounds and gardens, organized farmers markets, introduced environmental education in schools and pioneered wastepaper recycling programs. She was instrumental in the 1972 campaign to create the Gateway National Recreation Area, a 26,000-acre park with scattered beaches and wildlife refuges around the entrance to the New York-New Jersey harbor. As chair of the nonprofit organization New 42nd Street, Inc., she launched the 1990 revitalization of the New Amsterdam, the Victory and other landmark theaters.

In 1965, Marian married Andrew Heiskell, the chairman of Time, Inc.

Helen Frankenthaler, Untitled, 1974, Acrylic on unprimed canvas, 18 3/4 x 24 in. Est. $80,000-120,000. Auction Nov 6.

Born in 1915 in Naples to American expatriate parents, Andrew had a peripatetic childhood, traveling between luxurious hotels throughout Europe with his mother and sister. He attended school in Lausanne and Paris, and in 1935 came to the United States. Following a year at the Harvard Graduate School of Business, he entered publishing. At 22, he was hired by Life magazine, initially editing articles in science and medicine, then focusing on business, and at 30, he was named the magazine’s publisher. In 1960, he became chairman of Time, Inc., remaining so until his retirement in 1980. During his tenure, he presided over the conglomerate’s growth in publishing, introducing such magazines as Money and People, and oversaw its expansion into wood pulp and paper production, film, cable television and data marketing.

Like his wife, Andrew was a passionate philanthropist. Among his civic projects were the successful campaign to rescue the New York Public Library and transform Bryant Park. He also helped to secure funding for low-cost housing in the South Bronx and the Brownsville section of Brooklyn.

Frederick Carl Frieseke, Spring Blossoms, circa 1921, Oil on canvas, 25 1/2 x 32 in. Est. $80,000-120,000. Auction Nov 6.

Property from The Marian Sulzberger Heiskell and Andrew Heiskell Collection will be offered in a series of upcoming auctions.

The sale of Prints & Multiples on October 22 includes prints by Helen Frankenthaler and George Braque. The sale of English & Continental Furniture & Old Master Paintings on October 30 includes furniture, silver, decorations and art. The sales of Impressionist & Modern Art and Post-War & Contemporary Art on November 6 include works by Auguste Rodin, Carl Frederick Frieseke, Pierre Eugene Montezin, Helen Frankenthaler and Arnoldo Pomodoro. The sale of Books, Autographs & Maps on November 12 includes autograph editions by Dwight D. Eisenhower and autographs of John F. Kennedy as President and Lyndon B. Johnson as President. The Doyle at Home sale on November 26 includes furniture, decorative arts, silver and art. The sale of Photographs on December 11 includes works by Chuck Close.

Sale information and auction catalogues may be viewed at

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