Studio 54 memorabilia lights up Palm Beach auction on January 19



2015-06-26 10:50:47

Studio 54 memorabilia lights up Palm Beach auction on January 19

An archive of memorabilia from the legendary New York nightclub Studio 54 will appear at auction in Florida later this month.

The collection, which includes everything from photographs and guest books to unique artwork and furniture, belonged to the club’s former owner Steve Rubell – whose strict door policy built the club into a Mecca for celebrities.

Club regulars included Andy Warhol, Liza Minelli, John Travolta, Sylvester Stallone, Jack Nicolson and Truman Capote amongst others – not forgetting Bianca Jagger, who famously arrived at her birthday party in the club by riding a white horse onto the dancefloor.

Opened in 1977, Studio 54 quickly became one of the world’s most famous night spots, renowned for its famous patrons, decadent parties and cutting-edge design. Although it operated for just four years – before Rubell and co-owner Ian Schrager were imprisoned for tax evasion in 1980 – the club built a legendary reputation which remains to this day.

Rubell dies in 1989 at the age of just 45, leaving behind an incredible collection of memorabilia from the club’s short history. The auction will offer collectors the chance to acquire a piece of true history from one of New York’s most famous cultural landmarks.

A large collection of original paparazzi photographs taken within the club will be offered, featuring film stars, musicians, artists and models – everyone from Joan Rivers to Michael Jackson. A wide range of ephemera from the club includes VIP invitations, posters, flyers, drinks tickets and the famous guest-book, which recorded the celebrities expected to appear on any given night and whether they would be granted free drinks.

Exclusive artwork created for the venue will also be offered, including a bronze dollar sign sculpture by Andy Warhol and a monumental painting of Rubell by Michael Vollbracht.

The auction will also include a range of art and modern design from the period to compliment the items from Rubell’s personal collection. This section of the sale will feature work by iconic designers such as Milo Baughman, Vladimir Kagan, Curtis Jere, Paul Evans and Pierre Cardin.

The sale, which takes place at Palm Beach Modern Auctions in Florida, is scheduled for January 19.

To view the full auction catalogue for this sale, click here.

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