Artworks from the Fiterman Collection to sell at Christie's

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Spo Brig

2015-10-13 16:02:54

Artworks from the renowned collection of Miles and Shirley Fiterman will be offered for sale at Christie's next month.

Twelve works from the Fiterman collection will be sold across three auctions in New York.Together the collection, which includes work by the likes of Andy Warhol, Joan Miró, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Jasper Johns and Alexander Calder, is expected to achieve in the region of $70 million.

Amongst the most notable works in the collection are two sculpture by Joan Miró, regarded as the "crowning achievement" of his late career. The pair of painted bronzes - Jeune fille s’évadant and Personnage – were created from found objects and are estimated to sell for $4-$6 million.

Further important highlights will include Roy Lichtenstein's 'Girls', estimated at $7-$9 million and 'Mirror #9' valued at $2.5-$3.5 million; and Claes Oldenburg’s 'Clothespin Ten Foot', a monumental replica sculpture of a humble clothespin, estimated at $1.2-$1.8 million.

Miles and Shirley Fiterman were renowned patrons and philanthropists, whose passion for collecting began with local Minnesota artists and expanded to include dozens of modern masters.

As dedicated supporters of the arts, the couple gifted or facilitated the purchase of around 70 works of art for the Walker Art Center and served as benefactors and board members of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and the Tel Aviv Museum.

Amongst the couple's most impressive donations came in 1993, when they donated a fifteen-story building to the City University of New York in downtown Manhattan.

The sale of works from the Fiterman collection begins with the The Artist's Muse - A Curated Evening Sale of 20th Century Art on November 9; followed by the Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening sale on November 10; and ending with the Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale on November 12.

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