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Christie’s to auction Michael Crichton’s classic collection

mcChristie’s announced that modern masterpieces by Jasper John, Picasso, and Roy Lichtenstein collected by Michael Crichton will be auctioned off following his passing.

Crichton, known best as the author of ‘The Andromeda Stain’ and ‘Jurassic Park’ was an avid art collector purchasing works straight from artists up until he succumbed to cancer back in 2008.

The sale will take place in New York at Christie’s on May 11th and will literally be a collection of Who’s Who from the world of 20th century art.  In particular the collection of Jasper John pieces should draw attention given that the collection is one of the most complete on the market and contains pieces from John’s entire career.  One of these items is ‘Flag’ which has the Stars and Stripes and has not been publicly seen for almost twenty years.

Other artists that will be up for auction include Jeff Koons, David Hockney, Robert Rauschenberg, Claes Oldenburg, Wayne Thiebaud, Ed Ruscha, and Andy Warhol.  Other highlights include three pieces from Pbalo Picasso and the Lichtenstain paintings ‘Girl in Water’ and ‘Figures in Landscape.’

Deputy Chairman of the American Christie’s, Brett Gorvy, stated that the show will present a unique chance for institutions and collectors to gain access to a private collection that is simply amazing.

Gorvy continues to say that Crichton was an extraordinary collector because he collected artwork that allowed him to see the true depth of the artists.

Over his lifetime, Crichton penned several blockbuster movies and created ER the television drama which was an international hit.

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