Michael Howard Theater Collection to auction in Boston



2015-06-26 12:59:51

Michael Howard Theater Collection to auction in Boston

Opportunities for all budgets present themselves at the Michael Howard Theater Collection sale

The Theater Collection of US actor and theatre director Michael Howard is coming up for auction next month.

The October 6 sale in Boston will feature a vast array of theatrical material collected by Howard over the course of 60 years.

Michael Howard Theater Collection This c.1690 French needlework sampler of the Commedia dellArte could make $6,000

Highlights will include a c.1690 French needlework sampler of the Italian form of masked theatre known as the Commedia dell'Arte, valued at $6,000, while a late 19th century Thomas Hicks painting of Edwin Booth playing his famous role of Iago from Shakespeare's Othello is valued similarly.

A portrait of David Garrick, produced by Joseph Blackburn in the 18th century, is expected to achieve up to $2,500, and a 1798 needlework sampler featuring Shakespearean verse has a $1,500 high estimate.

There are also opportunities at the lower end of the market, with a Victorian Staffordshire, UK pottery figure of Shakespeare from the mid-19th century expected to sell for between $200 and $250.

"I think collecting is somewhere in my DNA," says Howard, a driving force behind the off-Broadway movement of the 1950s.

"Throughout my adult life, my collection focused on actors, acting, and the history of both.

"Like many other collectors, I recognise profoundly that I have been a caretaker of these objects large and small; my private pleasure is in restoring, repairing and museum matting as many as I can - no matter their significance. I hope another will find as much joy in them as I have."

Theatre memorabilia, with notable exceptions such as Shakespeare's folios, is generally more attractively priced than leading items from the big screen, where Oscars can sell for in excess of $1m.

As such, there are more opportunities for collectors of all budgets to become involved.

Today we are delighted to offer an autographed photograph of Laurence Olivier, a man who reigned in both mediums.

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