NEW YORK, NY.- Christies
announced the sale of The Collection of Robert Shapazian. Shapazians passion for the arts was reflected in his life-long dedication to the field, his friendships with those in it and his personal, yet masterful collection which Christies will offer in the Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening and Day Sales and other various auctions, beginning this fall. The Collection of Robert Shapazian includes 69 works of art including standout examples by Andy Warhol, Marcel Duchamp and Roy Lichtenstein. The collection is expected to realize $22-$31 million.
Robert Shapazians affinity for art and collecting was deep and down to the core. Robert was raised in Fresno, California, where his family was involved in the agricultural business. He began collecting at age 13, and sold works to major museums, including the Cleveland Museum of Art, while in his teens. Shapazian parlayed his knowledge and reverence for the arts into modestly beginning a collection of Art Deco objets dart and experimental photography, specifically the constructivist and Bauhaus photographs of Rodchenko, Lissitzky and Moholy-Nagy. He developed a fondness later on for 19th Century photographers including Nadar, and Roger Parry, as well as 20th Century avant-garde photography such as Man Ray. Shapazian, who completed a PhD in English at Harvard also, was deeply interested in Marcel Duchamp, who made an indelible impact on his life. There are 13 works from Duchamp in the Shapazian collection, including the rare and iconic Monte Carlo Bond #1.
After being elected to the photographic committees of both the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the San Francisco Museum of Art, he moved to Los Angeles where he was tapped by Sam Francis to produce books for Lapis Press in Venice, California. It was there that Shapazian got to flex his creative muscles as well as his deft interpersonal skills, forging bonds with artists, writers and collectors. He published books on philosophy, art and literature and worked with artist such as Ed Ruscha and William Wegman as well as supporting young authors both by mentorship as well as financially.
In 1994, Larry Gagosian asked Shapazian to be the founding director of his Beverly Hills gallery, where he earned a reputation of being proactive about bringing new talent to the gallery and worked with artists and premier collectors such as Eli and Edythe Broad for a decade. At Gagosian, Shapazian honed his obsession with Andy Warhol and declared him to be the single greatest form-giver to art since the second half of the 20th century.
Shapazians collection embodies a lifetime of immersion in the arts, specifically of the Post-War and Contemporary period. There are 13 works by Duchamp, 16 works by Warhol and two by Damien Hirst, and Roy Lichtenstein.
The Andy Warhol group presents every important theme from Andy Warhols career: Campbell Soup, Marilyn Monroe, The Electric Chair, Jacqueline Kennedy, Grocery Boxes, and the Dollar Sign, to be offered in both the Post-War and Contemporary Evening and Day Sales to be held on November 10 and 11, the evening sale will include the collections top lot Small Campbells Soup Can (Tomato), 1962 (estimate: $6,000,000-8,000,000). The work which branded Warhols as the preeminent Pop artist, Marilyn, 1962 (estimate: $4,000,000-6,000,000), in acrylic and silkscreen on linen, as well as the artists large Dollar Sign, 1981, (estimate: $2,500,000-3,500,000) and Camouflage, painted in 1962 (estimate: $600,000-800,000).
Duchamps Monte Carlo Bond, 1924 (estimate: $400,000-600,000), Damien Hirsts Cefoperazone, 2007 ($500,000-700,000) and Chop by Roy Lichtenstein, 1963, (estimate: $600,000-800,000), are other notable works to be presented in the Post-War and Contemporary Evening sale.
The Post-War and Contemporary Day Sale highlights include Marcel Duchamp Boite en Valise (estimate: $150,000-200,000); Lichteins Study for Still Life with Candle, 1972 (estimate: $90,000-120,000), and Duchamps S L.H.O.O.Q. (S.369), 1964 (estimate: $70,000-100,000), are additional highlights.
There will also be works from the Shapazian Collection in the 20th Century Decorative Art & Design Sale on December 15, such as a Jules Leleu Lacquered Wood Three-Piece Salon Suite, 1931 (estimate: $12,000-18,000) and an Edgar Brandt Wrought Iron Bookcase, circa 1925 (estimate: $6,000-8,000).