Treasures from Joan Didion’s Estate Are Coming to Auction
The sale in November will feature the late author’s collection of fine art, including works by Ed Ruscha, Richard Diebenkorn, and Jennifer Bartlett
A master in melancholy and one of the world’s most beloved cultural critics, author Joan Didion, who passed away last December, will be immortalized in a one-of-a-kind sale taking place at Stair Galleries in Hudson, New York. Numerous treasures from the bicoastal writer’s famed Upper East Side residence will hit the auction block beginning in November.
“We are thrilled to be offering property from the collection of Joan Didion at auction. It is an honor to be in the home where one of America’s great writers lived and worked, and to curate a sale of her fine art and personal property,” Colin Stair, President of Stair, said in a statement.
Titled “An American Icon: Property from the Collection of Joan Didion,” the trove up for auction includes personal books owned by Didion as well as artworks and decor from artists such as Ed Ruscha, Richard Diebenkorn, Jennifer Bartlett, Brice Marden, Sam Francis, Vija Celmins, Patti Smith, and Eric Fischl. Additionally, intimate photographs of the author taken by notable talents such as Brigitte Lacombe, Annie Liebovitz, Mary Ellen Mark, and Julian Wasser will also be available at the event.
The official catalogue of items will be available on Stair Galleries’ website on October 31, but notable furnishings include a stunning American writing desk, Late Regency Pembroke table, as well as a variety of silver and porcelain collectibles purchased by the writer and her late husband, John Dunne, on their numerous travels. A rare chance to own a piece of Didion’s personal world, the auction is bound to be one of the fall’s most popular sales.
“An American Icon: Property from the Collection of Joan Didion” opens on November 16, 2022 at 11am.