Lauren Bacall’s 700-piece art collection goes under the hammer at Bonhams auction house in New York. Her impressive collection of paintings, jewelry, furniture, tribal and twentieth-century art, including eight sculptures by Henry Moore are estimated at $3 million. Two 1976 Moore bronzes, Working Model for Reclining Figure: Bone Skirt and Maquette for Mother and Child: Arms will be sold in the auction house’s Impressionist and Modern Art sale in November, followed by six more in March; as well as artworks from the likes of Pablo Picasso, Joan Miro and Alexander Calder.
“We are looking forward to providing the public with a rare glimpse into Ms. Bacall’s formidable collecting sense and intuitive style,” Jon King, Bonham’s director of business development, said in a statement.
Bacall’s collection also includes prints by David Hockney, Pablo Picasso and James Audubon, modern and contemporary art that Bacall bought at galleries in the United States and Europe.
The blockbuster auction will not be the only posthumous turn in the spotlight for Bacall, as the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology has announced a planned 2015 exhibition based on the 700-odd garments the actress donated to the museum before her death.