Lawyer turned art dealer Allan Stone (1932-2006) was as well known for his passionate collecting as his gallery. He was drawn to a vast range of material, from primative, folk, and “junk” art, to Bugatti automobiles and the works of Wayne Thibaud and Willem de Kooning. When Sotheby’s sold the bulk of Stone’s collection last spring in a two-part sale, it realized $54.8m. On September 23 in New York, the auction house will offer the third and last part. Wayne Thibaud’s “Standing Man,” estimated at $1.2-1.8m, is likely to be the event’s top seller.
Stone owned a large number of works by Thibaud, whose first show he presented. The artist’s works filled a stand-alone section of last sring’s sale, and he’s also well represented in this session, as are de Kooning and John Chamberlain. Among the featured works are Thibaud’s “Lollipops” (est. $500,000-700,000) and “Cherries No.1” (est.$500,000-$700,000), Chamberlain’s “Hudson” ($600,000-$800.000), de Kooning’s “Woman as Landscape” (est. $800,000-1.2m), and Franz Kline’s “47 Series No.4”(est. $150,000-$200,000).