Estate of Rod McKuen to be offered at Heritage Auctions



2015-08-17 10:16:15

Items from the estate of American poet and singer-songwriter Rod McKuen are set to be sold through Heritage Auctions.

McKuen passed away in January 2015, and now items from his Beverly Hills home including his collections of artwork, literature and personal memorabilia will be offered across several sales, beginning in Dallas on August 27.

McKuen found fame in the 1960s as America's "unofficial poet laureate", and sold more than 60 million books worldwide throughout his career. He also sold more than 100 million recordings, from popular music and spoken-word poetry to movie soundtracks and classical compositions.

"Mr. McKuen surrounded himself with inspiration and took great pleasure in celebrating the many deep and abiding relationships that influenced his songs, his poetry and his soul," said James Gannon, director of rare books at Heritage Auctions. "His work was a keystone to the mid-20th century culture and these personally-owned treasures will certainly speak to his millions of fans."

Amongst the first items to cross the block will be three pieces of original Peanuts comic strip art by Charles Schulz, gifted to McKuen after he recorded the hit song A Boy Named Charlie Brown. One strip which mentions McKuen by name is estimated at $15,000+, and a second which references a McKuen poem is expected to sell for $7,500+.

McKuen's art collection will include several Andy Warhol prints, such as Mao (1972) estimated at $25,000+; Jane Fonda (1982) valued at $15,000+; and Vote McGovern (1972) priced at $15,000+. It also includes the rare French poster Les Vieilles Histoires, dating from 1893 and signed by artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, estimated at $3,000+.

Further highlights from McKuen's home will include a German Roman Catholic stained glass depicting Sacred Heart Jesus, Joseph, & Mary, valued at $10,000+; a pair of classic Ray and Charles Eames 670 Armchairs and 671 Ottomans priced at $2,500+; and numerous rare books, such as a rare deluxe copy of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, illustrated and signed twice by Salvador Dali, estimated at $7,500+.

The Heritage Comics and Comic Art Auction takes place on August 27, with further items to be offered in the Fine & Decorative Arts sale on September 12; the Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Auction on September 19; the Rare Books Auction on November 4-5; and the Modern & Contemporary Art Auction on November 14.

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