Christie’s Announces In Focus: Property From The Collection Of Brad Grey

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Christie’s just announced In Focus: Property from The Collection of Brad Grey, with works to be offered across Post-War & Contemporary Art Evening and Day sales on May 17-18, and the upcoming 2018 Design sale at Christie’s New York. Ahead of the New York spring sales, highlights from the collection will be presented in a special exhibition at Christie’s Los Angeles from May 1-3.

Brad Grey, the late Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures, epitomized the Hollywood dream, rising through his determination to the pinnacle of one of the industry’s most legendary studios. Grey, a beloved figure in Los Angeles and across the world, left an indelible mark on film, television, and culture.

Under Grey’s direction, Paramount not only gained market leadership, but produced noteworthy films such as An Inconvenient Truth, Up in the Air, There Will be Blood, and True Grit. Beyond his exceptional record in both film and television, Grey is remembered as a committed philanthropist and community advocate. In 2013, he was appointed to the board of trustees of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and served in additional leadership roles at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, Project A.L.S., New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and other significant institutions.

Lot 52B, Freud, Lord Goodman
LUCIAN FREUD (1922-2011) Lord Goodman charcoal on paper Drawn in 1985. $700,000-1,000,000

In his personal life, Grey was a tastemaker where he exhibited a superb collection of fine art and design at his residence in Holmby HillsGrey saw art as a fundamental component of the Hollywood spirit and embraced it through an important collection of works by artists such as Agnes Martin, Ellsworth Kelly, Richard Prince, Cy Twombly, Ed Ruscha, and Richard Serra. His art collection was joined by modern works of furniture and design by Jean-Michel Frank, Jean Royere, Alberto and Diego Giacometti, Francois-Xavier Lalanne, among others. 

Additional works from Grey’s collection will be included in the sales of American Art, Prints and Multiples, Antiquities, Photographs, and a dedicated sale of Important Works by Alberto and Diego Giacometti in Fall 2018.

Lot 51B, Kelly, Four Panels
ELLSWORTH KELLY (1923-2015) Four Panels signed, numbered and dated ‘Kelly EK #1038 2012’ (on the overlap) oil on canvas, four joined panels Painted in 2012. $1,800,000-2,500,000

Featured works in the May Post-War & Contemporary Art sales, include Agnes Martin, Untitled #7, executed in 1984 (estimate: $4,000,000-6,000,000); Ellsworth Kelly, Four Panels, painted in 2012 (estimate: $1,800,000-2,500,000), Richard Prince, Untitled (check Painting) #13, executed in 2004 (estimate: $800,000-1,200,000); and Lee Ufan, From Point, executed in 1979 (estimate: $800,000-1,200,000).

Highlights in the upcoming Design sale include Diego Giacometti, Low Table, circa 1970 (estimate: $250,000-350,000); Pierre Chareau, Pair of Armchairs, Model ‘MF732’, from the Grand Hôtel de Tours, circa 1924 (estimate: $200,000-300,000); and Francois-Xavier Lalanne, ‘Singe Avisé’, circa 2005 (estimate: $100,000-150,000).

Lot 19B, Twombly, Untitled (Murder of Olofernes)
CY TWOMBLY (1928-2011) Untitled (Murder of Olofernes) signed and dated ‘Cy Twombly 1964’ (upper right); inscribed ‘Murder of Olofernes’ (upper center) graphite, colored pencil, wax crayon and ballpoint pen Executed in 1964. $500,000-700,000