THE ESTATE OF ELAINE KAUFMAN


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Tuesday, September 20, 2011 at 2pm

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DOYLE NEW YORK'S AUCTION OF THE ESTATE OF FAMED NEW YORK RESTAURATEUR ELAINE KAUFMAN TOTALS $385,734

September 20, 2011 Auction Far Surpasses the Pre-Sale Estimate of $187,495-287,415

Personal Items from Elaine's Upper East Side Restaurant and Penthouse, including Art, Books, Memorabilia, Furniture, Decorations and Accessories

Featuring Works by Andy Warhol, Helen Frankenthaler, Reginald Marsh, Wallace Berman, Arman, George Segal, Joe Eula, and Many Others


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Doyle New York auctioned the personal collection of famed New York City restaurateur Elaine Kaufman to a standing-room-only crowd of bidders in the salesroom and hundreds of others on the telephones and the Internet. The September 20, 2011 auction comprised 242 lots of artwork, books, memorabilia, furniture, decorations, fashion and accessories that Elaine collected or was given during her lifetime. These personal treasures were displayed at her restaurant, Elaine’s, or her elegant Upper East Side penthouse.

Competitive bidding resulted in a successful sale total of $385,734 -- far surpassing the presale estimate of $187,495-287,415 -- with a remarkable 98% sold by lot and 97% by value. Only 7 lots failed to sell.

ELAINE’S RESTAURANT MEMORABILIA
Memorabilia from Elaine’s eponymous restaurant attracted a strong interest at the sale. The top lot from the restaurant was Elaine’s Table #1 with a set of four chairs. The first table in "The Line," it was the most desirable table in the house. Patrons sat at this table to see and be seen. Estimated at $400-600, it sold for a staggering $8,750 to a buyer in Massachusetts.

Other Elaine's restaurant memorabilia fared equally well at the sale. The colorfully painted papier mache figure of a Christmas carousel horse that hung prominently in the restaurant's front window soared past its estimate of $200-300, selling to a buyer from Connecticut for a stunning $4,063. The familiar vintage black painted metal cash register that sat behind the bar also sold for $4,063, many times its estimate of $400-600, to a buyer from Connecticut. A set of four oak bar stools estimated at $150-250 achieved $1,250 from a New York buyer. A butcher block table from the restaurant’s kitchen sold for $2,813, many times its estimate of $200-300, to a New York buyer.

Elaine Kaufman’s Upper East Side penthouse was her personal sanctuary. She filled it with her extensive collection of fine art and her beloved books, many of which were gifts from the authors – friends and patrons of Elaine’s restaurant.  

ARTWORK
Highlighting her collection of art was a photographic collage by West Coast artist Wallace Berman estimated at $30,000-50,000 that achieved $41,250 from a California buyer. A small 1979 abstract executed in acrylic on canvas by Helen Frankenthaler soared past its estimate of $4,000-6,000 to fetch a stunning $25,000 from a Midwestern buyer.

Elaine’s collection of fine prints featured a colorful screenprint of flowers by Andy Warhol that surpassed its estimate of $10,000-15,000, selling for $18,750 to aNew York buyer. An etching and aquatint of a Panama Hat by David Hockneyachieved $11,875from a Texas buyer, almost doubling its estimate of $5,000-7,000.

ART NOUVEAU POSTERS
Elaine Kaufman’s collection of French Art Nouveau posters was highlighted by Alphonse Mucha’s 1986 Salon des Cent estimated at $8,000-12,000 that sold to a New York buyer for $25,000. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s 1895 Mademoiselle Marcelle Lender, en Buste estimated at $7,000-10,000 sold for $13,750 to a buyer in Germany.

“I am pleased to be working with Doyle New York on this auction,” said Diane Becker, Elaine’s longtime restaurant manager who inherited her estate. “Elaine lived a long, happy and prosperous life. She lined the walls of her restaurant and home with artwork, books, photographs and memorabilia, some of which was given to her by the wonderful people she met night after night at her restaurant. I feel that this is the best – and frankly only – way I know to share Elaine with those she cared about most – her Elaine’s family.”

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ELAINE'S RESTAURANT MEMORABILIA

Lot 1201
Elaine's Table Number One; Together with a Set of Four Cafe Chairs
The first table in "The Line" was the most desirable table in the house. Patrons sat at this table to see and be seen.

C Estate of Elaine Kaufman
Sold For $8,750
Lot 1197
Vintage Black Painted Metal Cash Register
Height 21 inches.

C Estate of Elaine Kaufman
Sold For $4,063
Lot 1199
Painted Papier Mache Figure of a Christmas Carousel Horse
This horse hung in Elaine's front window for many years. Originally only a holiday decoration, Elaine liked it there, so she left it all year round.

C Estate of Elaine Kaufman
Sold For $4,063
Lot 1239
Butcher Block Kitchen Table
Height 34 inches, 24 inches square.

C Estate of Elaine Kaufman
Sold For $2,813
Lot 1198
Set of Four Oak Bar Stools

C Estate of Elaine Kaufman
Sold For $1,250

FINE ART

Lot 1011
Wallace Berman
American, 1926-1976
Untitled
Signed W Berman (lr) in plate
Negative verifax collage
24 x 26 inches

C Estate of Elaine Kaufman
Sold For $41,250
Lot 1012
Helen Frankenthaler
American, b. 1928
Abstract, 1979
Signed Frankenthaler (ul); inscribed Happy Birthday Dear Elaine Feb. '79 Love, Helen on the reverse
Acrylic on canvasboard
5 x 7 inches

C Estate of Elaine Kaufman
Sold For $25,000

FINE PRINTS

Lot 1051
Andy Warhol
FLOWERS (FELDMAN/SCHELLMAN 66)
Color screenprint, 1970, signed, dedicated To Judith Richardson Nov 20 '73 and inscribed a.p. and signed and inscribed in part and crossed out For Exhibition Only, Property of Factor Additions, in ink verso, published by Factory Additions, New York.
36 x 36 inches

C Estate of Elaine Kaufman
Sold For $18,750
Lot 1041
David Hockney
PANAMA HAT (S.A.C. 127)
Etching and aquatint, 1972, signed, dated and numbered 3/125 in pencil, published by Brooke Alexander, New York, printed to the edges on two sides.
Sheet 16 1/2 x 13 3/8 inches

C Estate of Elaine Kaufman
Sold For $11,875

ART NOUVEAU POSTERS

Lot 1044
Alphonse Mucha
SALON DES CENT (RENNERT/WEILL 12)
Color lithograph and a rare keystone lithograph printed in gold, 1896, the second signed and dated 11 in ink, printed by F. Champenois, Paris, with (full?) margins, framed together.
Sheets approximately 25 1/8 x 17 1/8 inches

C Estate of Elaine Kaufman
Sold For $25,000
Lot 1049
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901)
MADEMOISELLE MARCELLE LENDER, EN BUSTE (DELTEIL 102; ADHEMAR 131; WITTROCK 99)
Color lithograph, 1895, on thin wove paper, fourth state of four, from the edition of 1100 published in PAN, with the letterpress text, collector's blue inkstamp WNKT verso.
12 7/8 x 9 5/8 inches; 327 x 244 mm.
Sheet 14 9/16 x 10 7/8 inches

C Estate of Elaine Kaufman
Sold For $13,750