Estate of Hollywood royalty Kirk and Anne Douglas are selling surprisingly affordable art from their collection


Jewellery, artwork and antiques from Kirk and Anne Douglas’ collection will be up for sale at an online auction this month to benefit the Douglas Foundation. The organization was founded in 1964 to benefit health care, education, the welfare of women and children, and the arts.

Key items included in the May 18 online sale are painting Child with Birds (1950) by Antoni Clavé which carries 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 Clave, Child with Birds (1950). Courtesy of Domaine Douglas.

The 210-lot sale, organized by Andrew Jones Auctions in cooperation with and, also features 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 Cartier, Piaget and Audemars Piguet watches, Chanel costume jewelry, diamond-studded bracelets and a striking 18-karat gold pendant. Vintage designer clothes and accessories are also included, along with a selection of Louis Vuitton trunks.

Incense burner in blue enamelled Chinese porcelain.  Courtesy of Douglas Estate

Incense burner in blue enamelled Chinese porcelain. Courtesy of Domaine Douglas.

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 went on to star in iconic films such as Spartacus and 20000 Leagues Under the Sea. His portrayal of painter Vincent Van Gogh in the dramatized biopic thirst for life won him Best Actor at the Golden Globes and a Best Actor nomination at the Oscars in 1956. He starred in more than 60 films over his decades-long career, and his four sons followed him into the industry entertainment.

Anne was working as a publicist when she met Kirk, but had previously worked in a gallery in Paris. After their marriage, his experience and sense of art and antiques helped the couple build up an impressive collection. Kirk died in 2020, aged 103, and Anne died a year later, in 2021.

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

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

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