Andy Williams collection of Navajo blankets to sell



2015-06-26 11:14:19

Andy Williams collection of Navajo blankets to sell

Sotheby’s have announced that in May 2013 they will hold an auction of crooner Andy Williams’ collection of Navajo blankets.

The celebrated singer of hits like ‘Moon River’ and ‘White Christmas’ passed away earlier this year. His celebrated collection of these treasured American artefacts, one of the greatest private collections of Navajo blankets ever amassed, will now be offered to the public. The whole is expected to fetch in excess of $1 million.

The star of the show is a Navajo First Phase Chief’s Wearing Blanket, the rarest type of Navajo Blanket, considered a great among Native American Art. Woven in a Chief’s First Phase design, of which only 50 are known to exist, this example is distinguished by a series of thin red stripes overlaying the classic banded natural ivory, brown, and rich indigo blue.

This defines this blanket as a Bayeta First Phase, the rarest type of Navajo blanket, of which only 10 are known to exist. It is expected to sell for $200,000-$300,000.

This will lead a selection of 80 museum-quality blankets. Williams used them to decorate his home, and the Moon River Theater where he performed for many years.

Every single Navajo rug is unique, and can take anything from months to several years to produce. Chief’s blankets are particularly sought after, the finest examples being produced for Native American Chiefs for years before white settlers became interested in them.

The record for a Navajo textile was made in June 2012, with the $1.8 million sale of the Chantland Chief’s wearing blanket.


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