Estate of Sam Simon to be offered at Sotheby's
The estate of the late Sam Simon, genius co-creator of The Simpsons, will be offered across a series of sales at Sotheby's later this year.
Before passing away in March 2015 Simon had donated his entire $100 million fortune to charity, and now his collection of fine art and memorabilia will be sold to benefit the Sam Simon Charitable Giving Foundation – an organization which supports animal welfare programs, poverty alleviation and disaster relief.
“Each piece in Sam Simon's collection embodies a central theme: the ability of art to tell a story," said Andrea Fiuczynski, Chairman of Sotheby’s West Coast. "It is a privilege to present a window into the life of such a prolific creative talent. His own story lives on through his extensive cultural and philanthropic contributions, and we are particularly honored to see his collection benefit his namesake foundation."
Simon's art collection spans a wide variety of styles and genres, but often brought together by strong figurative elements. Amongst the highlights is Thomas Hart Benton's T.P. and Jake, a touching depiction of a boy and his dog which Simon later incorporated into the logo for his charitable foundation, estimated at $1.5-$2.5 million.
Further notable lots will include an untitled work by Ed Ruscha, estimated at $800,000-$1.2 million, and the Auguste Rodin sculpture Balzac en robe de dominic, estimated at $250,000-$350,000.
Simon's collection also includes a strong selection of vintage pin-up art, with works by Gil Elvgren, Alberto Vargas and Earl Moran led by Mel Ramos' Val Veeta, estimated at $400,000-$600,000.
Away from Simon's extensive art collection, Sotheby's will also offer a collection of memorabilia spanning his life and career. This includes a wealth of boxing memorabilia from his early years as a fight promoter, along with items from the many TV shows he worked on such as The Simpsons and Taxi.
Artworks from Simon's collection will be offered at sales throughout the rest of 2015, with auction The Creative Genius of Sam Simon – A Lifetime of Memorabilia taking place in New York on October 22.
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