Charlton Heston's Andrew Wyeth artworks to auction at Sothebys

Craigie G

Craigie G

2015-09-25 10:49:35

Three Andrew Wyeth artworks once owned by actor Charlton Heston will be offered for sale at Sotheby's later this year.

The Hollywood legend was a long-time admirer and collector of Wyeth's work, and began a correspondence which evolved into a friendship throughout the years.

“My father, Charlton, was drawn instinctively to the paintings of Andrew Wyeth," said Charlton Heston’s son Fraser Heston. "I think he saw Andrew as a kindred spirit, having grown up in Michigan with long, frozen winters and long, lovely walks through the gloaming woods. It is no coincidence that my father’s favorite author was Ernest Hemingway, his favorite poet Robert Frost, and his favourite painter Andrew Wyeth.”

The highlight of the trio of works is the 1986 painting Flood Plain, offered with an estimate of $2-$3 million. It will be accompanied by Study for Flood Plain, valued at $20,000-$30,000, a work which Wyeth generously gifted Heston and his wife Lydia for Christmas in 1991.

“I haven’t been so excited about a Christmas gift since I was ten years old" wrote Heston in his thank-you letter. "You’ve given our family not only a piece of your work, which is both your livelihood and your life, but a part of the process… a private part of your working insides.”

The third work on offer is the watercolor Ice Pool, originally an anniversary gift from Heston to his wife, which comes with an estimate of $150,000-$250,000.

“The relationship between Charlton Heston and Andrew Wyeth, two hugely accomplished American artists, is unique and captivating," said Elizabeth Goldberg, Head of Sotheby’s American Art Department.

"Mr. Heston may have recognized his own dedication to perfecting his craft in Wyeth’s beautifully executed paintings, as Wyeth himself was a master at rendering specific details for dramatic effect. That mastery is clearly demonstrated in Flood Plain, an exquisite work that displays all the hallmarks of the artist’s creative legacy.”

The Sotheby's American Art auction takes place in New York on November 18.

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