Sunday, October 22, 2006

The William W. Brill Collection goes to auction.

New York, New York is the place. November 17th, 2006 is the date. Sotheby’s is the auction house.

The collection of approximately 180 works of African art represents the results of four decades old collection from Brill’s travels and relationships with some of the most knowledgable dealers of his time, including Charles Ratton and Rene Rasmussen in (Paris), Merton D. Simpson (New York), Ralph Nash (London) and Morton Lipkin/Robert Stolper (Amsterdam). Brill was a pioneer in African art collecting and was very supportive of institutions that collected, preserved and displayed African art. The objects, expected to bring $1.8/2.3 million, have been off the market for more than forty years.

A various-owners sale of African, Oceanic & Pre-Columbian Art, including an Important European Private Collection, will also be held on November 17th.