Hollywood Royalty Kirk and Anne Douglas’s Estate Sells Surprisingly Affordable Art From Their Collection

Jewelry, art and antiques from the collection of Kirk and Anne Douglas will be auctioned online this month to benefit the Douglas Foundation. The organization was founded in 1964 for the purpose of health care, education, the well-being of women and children and the arts.

The main items in the May 18 online sale are the painting The child with the birds (1950) by Antoni Clavé with an estimate of $20,000-$30,000, and lithographs by artists such as David Hockney, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Jean Porcher, Malcom Susman, Jim Dine, and Eric Orr.

Antoni Clavé The Child with Birds (1950).  Thanks to The Douglas Estate

Antoni Clave, The child with the birds (1950). Courtesy of The Douglas Estate.

Organized by Andrew Jones Auctions in association with Invaluable.com and LiveAuctioneers.com, the 210 lot auction also includes a selection of monographic books, exhibition posters and a range of furniture and decorative objects from Europe, Asia and Africa.

Also under the hammer are watches from Cartier, Piaget and Audemars Piguet, costume jewelry from Chanel, dainty diamond bracelets and a striking 18K gold pendant. Vintage designer clothes and accessories are also included, along with a selection of Louis Vuitton cases.

Chinese blue glazed Jun ware censer.  Thanks to The Douglas Estate

Chinese blue glazed Jun ware censer. Courtesy of The Douglas Estate.

Kirk Douglas rose to fame in Hollywood after World War II when he landed a key role in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers in 1946. He then starred in iconic films such as: Spartacus and 20,000 leagues under the sea† His portrayal of the painter Vincent van Gogh in the dramatized biopic Lust for life earned him the Best Actor Awards at the Golden Globes and a Best Actor nomination at the Academy Awards in 1956. He starred in more than 60 films during his decades-long career, and his four sons followed him into the entertainment industry.

Anne was working as a publicist when she met Kirk, but had previously worked at a gallery in Paris. After they got married, her experience and eye for art and antiques helped the couple build an impressive collection. Kirk died in 2020, aged 103, and Anne died a year later, in 2021.

Since inception, the Douglas Foundation has donated more than $120 million to a wide variety of causes, including the Motion Picture & Television Fund (MPTF), Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and the Entertainment Industry Foundation’s Women’s Cancer Research Fund.

The sale items can be viewed in person by appointment at Andrew Jones Auctions in downtown Los Angeles.

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