Lauren Bacall was a devoted art collector, with dozens of her pieces up for auction at Bonhams in New York City. The actress, who was married to Humphrey Bogart, passed away last year and now, on March 31, some of her bounty is being sold at the famous auction house.
Among the less pricey items from the estate of the legendary thespian is a fine example of an Italian Rococo console table which went for $3.500. On the other end of the spectrum, a bronze by American Robert Graham sold for $23,700. In total, about $3 million is expected to be raised from the 750 items up for grabs.
That said, according to CNN on Monday, Lauren Bacall was an avid collector of Henry Moore. She was so enthralled with his bronzes that she bought 50 of them, all while getting to know the Brit on a personal level.
This was often the way Lauren Bacall worked while collecting her treasures. Another artist who became a friend was Elizabeth Gage, who not only created a rose diamond brooch in the shape of a camel for the enthusiast but she also gifted her the drawing on which this bauble was based.
Bonham vice president Jon King mentioned via Vanity Fair that Bacall had an eclectic vision. He noted that she paired “French 18th century with Burmese rain drums, with Henry Moore prints, with David Hockney, [with] Victoria Staffordshire”
What mattered to this devoted collector was that her pieces “spoke” to her. That they had “form” and “texture.” King, who was also her friend, sad that she was happy with her purchases because owning them meant her house was “never boring.”
And so, as the Lauren Bacall auction takes place, the actress’ possessions get passed on to fans, of both the thespian and of the art. This legendary star wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.