The Kirk and Anne Douglas collection will be auctioned online
Select items belonging to actor Kirk Douglas and his wife Anne, who lived in Palm Springs for nearly 40 years until 1999, will be auctioned online May 18 by Andrew Jones Auctions. Items come from the deceased couple’s home in Beverly Hills and include modern art, antiques, tribal works, fine and costume jewelry, personalized accessories, keepsakes, books and ephemera.
Online bidding will be facilitated by AndrewJonesAuctions.com, Invaluable.com and LiveAuctioneers.com. Offers from absentees will also be accepted. Safe, physically distanced live previews will be held May 16 and 17 by appointment at the Andrew Jones Auctions gallery ahead of the auction.
The list of articles is headed by The child with the bird by the famous Catalan artist Antoni Clavé. It has a pre-sale estimate of $20,000 to $30,000. A monumental abstract aluminum sculpture by William (Bill) Tarr, dating from 1963, was displayed at the foot of the couple’s own Walk of Fame in the backyard of their Beverly Hills home. We expect to find a new house for $3,000 to $5,000.
Lithographs by Alexander Calder, David Hockney and Andy Warhol, mixed media pieces by Eric Orr and other works by Yaakov Agam including a kinetic sculpture (est. $600-$800), Jim Dine, Pablo Picasso, Jean Porcher, Malcolm Susman and Chaim Topol will also be included.
The Douglas’ tastes were eclectic, from modern art to African Bamum, Bassa and Yaure masks, to Asian works such as a blue porcelain Chinese censer (est. $800-$1,200) and a pair of Monumental Chinese white marble temple lions that greeted guests. at their front door.
The collection also includes rugs, Louis Vuitton luggage, fine jewelry highlighted by an 18-karat gold and gemstone pendant necklace ($4,000-6,000), Audemars Piguet, Cartier and Piaget watches as well as jewelry Chanel fantasy and monogrammed men’s accessories.
Their extensive library included folios including a signed copy by Marc Chagall windows of jerusalem1962, in a custom Asprey Morocco leather binding (est. $4,000-$6,000), academic artist monographs, a collection of signed works by a noted photojournalist, and personal photographs of Picasso and David Douglas Duncan , and the first editions highlighted by a signed copy of Tennessee Williams’ Glass Menagerieas well as gifts with touching dedications.
The Douglases often entertained at their Beverly Hills home and hosted lavish dinner parties at their Radial-Expanding Skirt-style mahogany extension table (est. $4,000-$6,000), complete with 12 dining chairs. eat Mahogany William IV (est. $4,000-$6,000). Modernist porcelain dinner services by Galvani, Limoges and Ramond Lowey mingle with Chinese export tobacco leaf-patterned serving ware (est. $400-$600). The pantry also offers glassware from Baccarat, Lalique, Orrefors, Steuben and Val St. Lambert. Silver includes coins from Asprey, Tiffany & Co. and Georg Jensen.
Before becoming an internationally acclaimed movie star (and the father of actor Michael Douglas,) Kirk Douglas endured a poor childhood to study at the New York Academy of Dramatic Arts on a scholarship to start his stage career. After the Second World War, he landed his first major film role in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers in 1946.
Kirk’s natural talents in front of the camera led to nearly 60 other films, his favorites being among them Ace in the Hole, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Spartacus, Seven Days in May and thirst for lifethe 1956 film in which he played Vincent Van Gogh, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor and won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama.
Kirk met Anne Buydens, a movie publicist, on the set of act of love in 1953 and they married a year later. Before joining the film industry, Anne worked in a Parisian gallery where she developed a keen sense of modern art. Kirk and Anne Douglas have spent six decades building a collection of art, antiques and memorabilia that captures the time they shared, their friends, their work and their history. Kirk Douglas died in 2020; his wife of 66 years, Anne Douglas died in 2021.
• PHOTO GALLERY: Here is a selection of items up for auction.