Crooner Andy Williams was an avid collector in many areas, and Christie's is set to celebrate this passion as his art collection is featured as part of its Post-War and Contemporary Art auction in New York on May 15-16.
The auction house announced its sale of Williams' collection as highlights went on view in London last week. His artworks are estimated to be worth in the region of $30m, the product of decades of dedicated collecting.
Paul Fraser Collectibles has already reported on the Moon River man's collection of Navajo textiles, which will excite bidders at Sotheby's during the same month.
The Post-War and Contemporary auction will see pieces from Williams' two houses in California and Missouri, as well as his own Moon River Theatre. Included are important works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Franz Kline and Kenneth Noland, though Willem De Kooning's Untitled XVII - a masterpiece from his final years - is expected to provide the highlight.
Also expected to draw top bids is Ed Ruscha's Mint (Red), which is described as a "wonderfully evocative picture from the famous series of 'liquid word' paintings that Ruscha made between 1967 and 1969."
More works from Williams' remarkable amassment will be featured in Christie's Impressionist and Modern Art (May 8-9), American Art (May 23), Latin American Art (May 30) and African Art (June 12) auctions, which will be held in New York, Paris and London.
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