DOYLE AT HOMEĀ® / ESTATE OF LENA HORNE


Auction

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 at 10am

CONSIGNMENTS ARE CURRENTLY
BEING ACCEPTED

To have your property evaluated for possible consignment in the next auction, please contact:

Media Contact

Louis LeB. Webre
SVP, Marketing & Media
212-427-4141, ext 232


Including Property From

Estate of a New York Gentleman
Estate of Albert H. Gordon
Estate of Ann Penn Fremont
Estate of Ben Sonnenberg
Estate of Charles W. Kraushaar, Jr.
Estate of Eleanor S. Rawson
Estate of Frances Wynne Callahan Dalessandro
Estate of Joseph A. Patrick
Estate of Justine Auerbach
Estate of Lena Horne
Estate of Lorraine C. Brosseau
Estate of Patricia Steers
Estate of Paula Brown Glick
Estate of Ralph Vicinanza
Estate of Robert L. Werner
Estate of Sherwin Kamin
Estate of the Honorable Florence P. Shientag
Property from the Estate of a Washington D.C. Philanthropist
Property from the Estate of Charles Blakiston ("Blake") Ashburner
Property of a Connecticut Estate
Property of a Maryland Collector
Property of a New York Collector
Property of a New York Estate
Property of a New York Private Collector
Property of a Washington D.C. Collector
Property of an American Collector
Property of an Estate of a Distinguished Gentleman
The Collection of Dr. Ruth Lax
The property of Doyle New York


RELATED ARTICLES

Read more about this category

  • Louis Vuitton Small Trunk With stickers inscribed Lena Horne Hayton. Height 22 inches, width 24 inches, depth 19 inc...

    /carousels/1134/781516.jpg

    Sold for $20,000

    Louis Vuitton Small Trunk   With stickers inscribed Lena Horne Hayton. Height 22 inches, width 24 inches, depth 19 inc...
  • Charles Alston American, 1907-1977 Abstract

    /carousels/1134/783058.jpg

    Sold for $20,000

    Charles Alston American, 1907-1977 Abstract
  • David Burliuk Russian/American, 1882-1967 Fishing

    /carousels/1134/783298.jpg

    Sold for $12,500

    David Burliuk Russian/American, 1882-1967 Fishing
  • Geoffrey Holder American, b. 1930 Lena, 1959

    /carousels/1134/783301.jpg

    Sold for $10,625

    Geoffrey Holder American, b. 1930 Lena, 1959
  • [PHOTOGRAPHY] VAN DER ZEE, JAMES. Atlantic City, 1930.

    /carousels/1134/783142.jpg

    Sold for $9,375

    [PHOTOGRAPHY] VAN DER ZEE, JAMES. Atlantic City, 1930.
  • [PHOTOGRAPHY] AVEDON, RICHARD (1923-2004). Group of five contact sheets

    /carousels/1134/798629.jpg

    Sold for $8,750

    [PHOTOGRAPHY] AVEDON, RICHARD (1923-2004). Group of five contact sheets
  • Louis Vuitton Trunk

    /carousels/1134/781852.jpg

    Sold for $8,125

    Louis Vuitton Trunk
  • Giorgio di Sant Angelo Reversible Mink Coat

    /carousels/1134/797769.jpg

    Sold for $8,125

    Giorgio di Sant Angelo Reversible Mink Coat
  • Louis Vuitton Soft Leather Vanity Case

    /carousels/1134/795350.jpg

    Estimate: $200 - 400

    Louis Vuitton Soft Leather Vanity Case
  • Pair of Cuff Bracelets

    /carousels/1134/782838.jpg

    Sold for $6,250

    Pair of Cuff Bracelets
  • Peter Lambda British, 1911-1995 Lena, 1950

    /carousels/1134/783305.jpg

    Sold for $5,938

    Peter Lambda British, 1911-1995 Lena, 1950
  • Pablo Picasso VALLAURIS 1956 EXPOSITION Color linocut

    /carousels/1134/783155.jpg

    Sold for $5,625

    Pablo Picasso VALLAURIS 1956 EXPOSITION Color linocut
  • Reed & Barton Sterling Silver Flatware Service

    /carousels/1134/781825.jpg

    Sold for $5,625

    Reed & Barton Sterling Silver Flatware Service
  • HUGHES, LANGSTON Simple Speaks his Mind; Together with Two Other Works by Hughes

    /carousels/1134/783139.jpg

    Sold for $5,000

    HUGHES, LANGSTON Simple Speaks his Mind; Together with Two Other Works by Hughes
  • Jacob Lawrence SCHOMBURG LIBRARY Color lithograph

    /carousels/1134/783152.jpg

    Sold for $4,688

    Jacob Lawrence SCHOMBURG LIBRARY Color lithograph
  • [AFRICAN-AMERICAN] Group of approximately twenty titles, each signed or inscribed to Lena Horne on the Civil Rights movement...

    /carousels/1134/795877.jpg

    Sold for $4,688

    [AFRICAN-AMERICAN] Group of approximately twenty titles, each signed or inscribed to Lena Horne on the Civil Rights movement...
  • Rococo Style Gilt-Metal and Glass Twelve-Light Chandelier

    /carousels/1134/781694.jpg

    Sold for $4,375

    Rococo Style Gilt-Metal and Glass Twelve-Light Chandelier
  • [AFRICAN-AMERICAN] Group of approximately thirty-five titles, each

    /carousels/1134/795919.jpg

    Sold for $4,063

    [AFRICAN-AMERICAN] Group of approximately thirty-five titles, each

          

AUCTION OF THE ESTATE OF LENA HORNE ON FEBRUARY 23, 2011 MORE THAN DOUBLES THE HIGH ESTIMATE

Hundreds of Fans Send Sale Total to $315,976 -- Far Surpassing the Estimate of $99,500-155,000

Elegant Costume Jewelry, Accessories, Gowns, Memorabilia, Decorations, Silver, Furniture, Books and Fine Art from Her Home on Manhattan's Upper East Side

Bidders Included a Number of Prominent Celebrities and Institutions


Lena Horne

Doyle New York auctioned the estate of the legendary performer and civil rights pioneer Lena Horne on Wednesday, February 23, 2011. The Lena Horne collection comprised approximately 200 lots of elegant costume jewelry, accessories, gowns, memorabilia, decorations, silver, furniture, books and fine art from her home on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

The exhibition attracted thousands of her fans, and almost a thousand of them participated in this historic auction. Competition between bidders participating in the crowded salesroom, on the telephones, and via the Internet resulted in strong prices throughout the sale and a successful total of $315,976, more than doubling the high estimate of $99,500-155,000 with 100% of the lots sold.

The exhibition of the Estate of Lena Horne opened on Thursday, Febuary 17 at a star-studded reception with over 300 guests co-hosted by Doyle New York and the Apollo Theater. Members of Lena Horne's family, including her daughter Gail Lumet Buckley and granddaughters Jenny and Amy Lumet, were in attendance. Among the celebrity guests were Cicely Tyson, Angelica Huston, Geoffrey Holder, Leslie Uggams, Ruby Dee and many others. VIP guests also included NAACP Chairman Roslyn Brock, NAACP President Benjamin Jealous, and numerous members of the NAACP board of directors.

LOUIS VUITTON
Highlighting the auction was a small Louis Vuitton trunk with SS France stickers inscribed Lena Horne Hayton. The trunk was mute testimony of an age when intermarriage between blacks and whites was illegal in America, forcing Lena Horne and her husband, composer and conductor Lennie Hayton, to keep their marriage secret for over a decade. Their trips to Europe were always taken on French liners, where they were allowed to share the same stateroom as a married couple. The trunk attracted more attention than any other lot in the collection, and fierce competition sent its price soaring over the pre-sale estimate of $500-700 to reach a staggering $20,000.

FINE ART
Lena Horne’s collection of art featured a colorful abstract by Charles Alston (American, 1907-1977), one of the most prominent African-American artists, muralists and teachers of the 20th century. The work sold for $20,000. By David Burliuk (Russian/American, 1882-1967) was a charming work depicting boaters on a lake entitled Fishing that achieved $12,500. Attracting strong bidder interest was a 1959 oil portrait of Lena Horne by Geoffrey Holder (American, b. 1930) that fetched $10,625, an auction record for the artist.

PHOTOGRAPHS
Photographs in the sale featured a 1940 gelatin silver print of the beach at Atlantic City by James van der Zee from his portfolio 18 Photographs that sold for $9,375. Attracting a great deal of interest at the sale was a very rare set of five contact sheets by Richard Avedon of a session with Lena Horne that achieved $8,750.

COUTURE AND ACCESSORIES
The selection of couture and accessories from Lena Horne’s collection included a reversible mink coat constructed from indigo embroidered cotton and dark brown mink by her favorite designer, Giorgio di Sant' Angelo, that sold for $8,125. A pair of sparkling cuff bracelets, circa 1970, of gold metallic leather studded with large mirrored discs and rhinestones sold for $6,250. The pair were subsequently borrowed by Lena Horne’s granddaughter, Jenny Lumet, to wear to the 83rd Academy Awards Ceremony, where there was a special tribute to Lena Horne narrated by Halle Berry.

Born in Brooklyn, Lena Horne (1917-2010) began her professional life at 16 in the chorus line at Harlem’s Cotton Club, before moving to Hollywood and appearing in a series of acclaimed film roles. Beginning in the 1950s, she focused increasingly on live performance, becoming one of the world’s premiere nightclub entertainers. Through her many recordings and television appearances, millions more became her fans.

Images and interviews are available upon request.

MEDIA CONTACT

Louis LeB. Webre
SVP, Marketing & Media
212-427-4141, ext 232
Louis@DoyleNewYork.com
Lot 1181
Louis Vuitton Small Trunk
With stickers inscribed Lena Horne Hayton. Height 22 inches, width 24 inches, depth 19 inches.

C Estate of Lena Horne
Sold For $20,000
Lot 1198
Charles Alston
American, 1907-1977
Abstract
Signed Alston (lr)
Oil on canvas
40 x 30 inches

Charles Henry Alston (1907-1977) was one of the most prominent African-American artists, muralists and teachers of the 20th century. Born in North Carolina, he was raised in New York, graduating in 1929 from Columbia College and Teachers College at Columbia University and earning a Master of Fine Arts in 1931. Early in his career, he designed album covers for Duke Ellington and book covers for Langston Hughes. Alston also painted murals throughout Harlem for the WPA that were inspired by social movements of the Depression era. Alston was the first African-American instructor at the Art Students League of New York and the Museum of Modern Art. He was named a full professor at the City University of New York (CUNY) in 1973. Works by Charles Henry Alston may be found in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art.


C Estate of Lena Horne
Sold For $20,000
Lot 1160
David Burliuk
Russian/American, 1882-1967
Fishing
Signed Burliuk (lr)
Oil on canvasboard
9 x 12 inches

C Estate of Lena Horne
Sold For $12,500
Lot 1175
Geoffrey Holder
American, b. 1930
Lena, 1959
Signed and dated G.Holder 59 (lr)
Oil on masonite
48 x 24 inches

Provenance:
Acquired directly from the artist

C Estate of Lena Horne
Sold For $10,625
Lot 1194
[PHOTOGRAPHY]
VAN DER ZEE, JAMES. Atlantic City, 1930
. Gelatin silver print, 6 3/8 x 3 7/8 inches (162 x 100 mm), signed in pencil by Van Der Zee and numbered 21 from the edition of 75, notations on mount below image. Framed, image in sound condition.
According to a label on the rear, this was presented to Lena Horne by Warner Communications at the Viva Lena! event on Sunday May 23, 1982. The photograph is from Van Der Zee's portfolio 18 Photographs.

C Estate of Lena Horne
Sold For $9,375
Lot 1014
[PHOTOGRAPHY]
AVEDON, RICHARD (1923-2004). Group of five contact sheets of a session with Lena Horne
. Gelatin silver prints, each with Avedon's stamp at rear, 8 x 10 inches (253 x 203 mm), with 58 poses (and two blanks). Occasional light creasing, mostly marginal.

C Estate of Lena Horne
Sold For $8,750
Lot 1017
Louis Vuitton Trunk
The lid with a Louis Vuitton label and Mandel Brothers Chicago label, painted and monogrammed H.H.R. Honolulu. Height 27 1/2 inches, width 39 1/2 inches, depth 23 1/4 inches.

C Estate of Lena Horne
Sold For $8,125
Lot 1089
Giorgio di Sant' Angelo Reversible Mink Coat
Indigo embroidered cotton and dark brown mink.

C Estate of Lena Horne
Sold For $8,125
Lot 1161
Louis Vuitton Soft Leather Vanity Case
Monogrammed L.H. Height 9 inches, width 15 1/2 inches, depth 9 inches.

C Estate of Lena Horne
Sold For $6,250
Lot 1122
Pair of Cuff Bracelets
Circa 1970
Bright gold metallic leather studded with large mirrored discs and rhinestones. Interior length 5 3/4 inches.

C Estate of Lena Horne
Sold For $6,250
Lot 1191
Peter Lambda
British, 1911-1995
Lena, 1950
Signed with the artist's monogram and dated 1950 at base
Bronze with green patina
Height 37 1/4 inches

Provenance:
Acquired directly from the artist

C Estate of Lena Horne
Sold For $5,938
Lot 1041
Pablo Picasso
VALLAURIS 1956 EXPOSITION (BLOCH 1271)
Color linocut, 1956, signed in blue crayon, on Arches.
26 x 21 1/4 inches; 660 x 540 mm.
Sheet 39 1/4 x 25 7/8 inches; 997 x 657 mm.

C Estate of Lena Horne
Sold For $5,625
Lot 1173
Reed & Barton Sterling Silver Flatware Service
In the Francis I pattern, comprising twelve dinner forks, twelve dessert forks, twelve seafood cocktail forks, twelve tablespoons, twelve teaspoons, twelve dinner knives, twelve butter knives, one fish knife, five pastry servers, two cheese planes, salad serving fork and spoon, two-piece carving set, pasta spoon, soup ladle, gravy ladle, and a wood salad serving fork and spoon. Total approximately 95 ounces, weighable.

C Estate of Lena Horne
Sold For $5,625
Lot 1016
HUGHES, LANGSTON
Simple Speaks his Mind
. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1950. With a cordial inscription from Hughes to Lena Horne on the front flyleaf, dated May 14, 1950. Jacket somewhat worn; Together with two other works by Hughes, both fully inscribed by Langston Hughes to Lena Horne. In worn jackets.

C Estate of Lena Horne
Sold For $5,000
Lot 1188
Jacob Lawrence
SCHOMBURG LIBRARY (NESBETT L87-1)
Color lithograph, 1987, signed, dated, titled and numbered 98/200 in pencil, printed by JK Fine Art Editions, New Jersey and with their blindstamp, published by the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York.
26 x 20 inches; 660 x 508 mm.
Sheet 33 3/8 x 23 1/2 inches; 848 x 597 mm.

C Estate of Lena Horne
Sold For $4,688
Lot 1045
[AFRICAN-AMERICAN]
Group of approximately twenty titles, each signed or inscribed to Lena Horne
on the Civil Rights movement and political subjects. Various dates and formats. Many with original dust jackets, some wear.
Includes inscribed copies of Coretta Scott King's My Life with Martin Luther King and Tom Feeling's The Middle Passage.

C Estate of Lena Horne
Sold For $4,688
Lot 1138
Rococo Style Gilt-Metal and Glass Twelve-Light Chandelier
Of open form, with a central finial, hung with variously shaped prisms. Height 41 inches, diameter 30 inches.

C Estate of Lena Horne
Sold For $4,375
Lot 1037
[AFRICAN-AMERICAN]
Group of approximately thirty-five titles, each signed or inscribed to Lena Horne
including fiction, poetry, children's books, and biographies. Various formats and dates. Many with original dust jackets, some wear.
Includes a first edition of James Baldwin's Just Above My Head and I Had a Hammer signed by Hank Aaron.

C Estate of Lena Horne
Sold For $4,063