Barbra Streisand's Collection Heads to Auction (again)

  • August 10, 2009 12:24

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A Gustav Stickely Tall-back rocker, estimate $12,000-$15,000, from the Barbra Streisand auction Oct. 17-18.
The Barbra Streisand auction catalog for Julien's Oct. 17-18 sale in Beverly Hills.
A Gustav Stickley chandelier, estimate $15,000 to $18,000.

Following the media-frenzy associated with the Michael Jackson auction that never happenend, Los Angeles-based Julien's Auctions once again offers up a dazzling celebrity cache.

Fine and decorative arts from award-winning star Barbra Streisand’s New York, Beverly Hills, and Malibu residences will be auctioned on October 17 and 18 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. Proceeds will benefit Streisand's humanitarian foundation.

The 400-lot selection features 19th-century American furnishings, Art Deco fixtures, Oriental rugs, Native American baskets, and Barbra's personal Yamaha Baby Grand Piano.

Streisand is known as a discriminating, and sometimes controversial, collector of Arts and Crafts period furniture and decorative arts. She paid a record-breaking $363,000 for a Stickley sideboard in 1988 and has also been dubbed an astute collector of art nouveau master designers Louis Majorelle and Emile Galle as well as William Comfort Tiffany.

Alas, the star parted with many of her best pieces at 1994 and 1999 Christie's auctions; the latter sale yielding a high-estimate-busting $6.2 million.

Still, the upcoming sale offers several fine examples of the Arts and Crafts period, including a hammered copper Dirk Van Erp table lamp, two Harvey Ellis-designed Stickley inlaid rockers, and an L&JG Stickley china cabinet.

Also, of note is a painting attributed to Kees Van Dongen and a group of Edward Curtis photographs.

A preview of the collection will travel to England aboard Cunard Line’s Queen Mary 2 during her August 23rd Transatlantic Crossing.  Lot highlights will be exhibited at The Museum of Style Icons in Newbridge, County Kildare, Ireland, September 1st – 13th.  A full public exhibition will take place at The Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills, California, from October 10th – 16th prior to the two day auction on October 17th and 18th.

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