Van Cliburn's Art, Jewels Fetch $4.3M in NY Auction

Saturday, May 19, 2012 - 05:00 PM

Art, jewelry and furnishings collected by the pianist Van Cliburn has fetched over $4.3 million at an auction in New York City.

Christie's auction house says Thursday's sale featured more than 150 items including English furniture, Russian art, silver and jewels.

The highlight of the sale was a pair of George II giltwood mirrors attributed to Mathias Lock. They were sold for over $464,000. They had been estimated to bring between $150,000 and $250,000. The price includes the buyer's premium.

Born in Louisiana and raised in Texas, Cliburn says in a news release that he collected some of the pieces to remind him of concerts in various cities around the world.

Now 77, Cliburn was 23 in 1958 when he became world famous by winning a piano competition in Moscow.

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David from Flushing

There comes a time in life, especially for single people, when you have to consider a future home for your accumulations. Having valuable items can be an unnecessary cause of concern in old age and the simplification of life makes a great deal of sense. It is best to adopt the attitude that you enjoyed the objects for some years and now it is time for someone else to have the experience.

I recently had a print accepted for the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Being a donor to that institution probably gives more pleasure than owning the print for many years.

May. 21 2012 11:12 AM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, NJ

BRAVO for VAN CLIBURN on his 4.3 million dollar financial reward for his accumulated speculation on artifacts reminiscent of a great artist's career from cities that heard his remarkable pianism and relished his homespun charm and tact. The art,the jewelry and the furniture gained their value primarily from whom their owner was. BOONTON, NJ, where my Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute is located used to bg something of an antique dealer's mecca for selling and purchasing antiques from all derivations, all countries. Today's emphasis is the current model of Walmart, Walgreen and A & P carpet decimating the opposition. We do, however, have ART and international boutiques that do in this multicultural town, thrive beyond belief. I am a Wagnerian heldentenor, opera composer: "Shakespeare" & "The Political Shakespeare" & the director of the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, where professional actors are trained for the Shakespeare roles and big-voiced singers are coached in the Wagner roles and voice production and dramaturgy techniques. I may be reached by phone at the Institute. My next concert in New York will be on Saturday, June 9th at the YOGA EXPO at the SOHO venue at the New Yorker Hotel. The title of the concert is BRING HIM HOME, with that song from the musical LES MISERABLES, encouraging the return of our armed forces and inspiring hope and love of country with This Land is Your Land, The House I Live In, You'll Never Walk Alone, Climb Ev'ry Mountain, Billy Bigelow's Soliloquy from Carousel, Granada, The House I Live In, Wien, Wien, nur du Allein, The Impossible Dream [The Quest], Empty Chairs at Empty Tables, Do You Hear the People Sing?, When Johnny Comes Marching Home, Kumbaya, Earth Anthem and eight other selections.

May. 21 2012 07:52 AM

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