THE POTOMACK COMPANY
8.21 CARAT DIAMOND SOLITAIRE RING
ESTIMATE: $150,000 – $180,000
AUCTION DATE: OCTOBER 2
This impressive ring, with a diamond solitaire set in a platinum band with 3.60 carats of diamonds, is one of more than 200 jewelry lots in the Potomack Company’s upcoming upcoming online auction.
“HAPPY CHOPPERS,” 2006
BANKSY (B. 1974)
ESTIMATE: $400,000 — $600,000
AUCTION DATE: OCTOBER 4
The collection of Robin Williams and his wife, film producer Marsha Garces Williams, will be offered at the Sotheby’s auction “Creating a Stage: The Collection of Marsha and Robin Williams.” A portion of the proceeds will benefit charities they championed. The sale will showcase Hollywood memorabilia — autographed scripts, awards, props and wardrobe items — along with contemporary art, including works by Niki de Saint Phalle, Shepard Fairey and Banksy, over 40 watches, furniture, sports memorabilia, toys and bicycles.
“MADONNA, TRUE BLUE, HOLLYWOOD,” 1985
HERB RITTS (1952-2002)
ESTIMATE: $5,000 – $7,000
AUCTION DATE: OCTOBER 2
The Bonhams photographs department holds two sales a year in New York. The October auction will feature this iconic image of Madonna by Herb Ritts, just weeks after her 60th birthday. Other names highly sought-after: Ansel Adams, William Henry Fox Talbot, Julia Margaret Cameron, Gustave Le Gray, Diane Arbus, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Walker Evans, André Kertész, Bill Brandt, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Irving Penn, Robert Mapplethorpe, Helmut Newton, Peter Beard, Edward Weston, Sebastião Salgado, Weegee and Andreas Gursky.
ROSE GOLD AND SAPPHIRE FLOWER CLIP-BROOCH
VAN CLEEF & ARPELS
ESTIMATE: $10,000 – $15,000
AUCTION DATE: OCTOBER 16
Jewelry from the estate of Barbara Wainscott, for example, this brooch with 110 sapphires, will be auctioned as a highlight of Doyle’s Important Jewelry sale. A resident of Palm Beach and New York, Wainscott was also a familiar face at the White House, Newport, Royal Ascot, the French Open and NFL Super Bowls. Her career in protocol, public service and philanthropy included positions with the Nixon White House, the Bicentennial Commission, Prince Philip’s charities and the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation.
SAM GILLIAM (B. 1933)
ESTIMATE: $30,000 – $50,000
AUCTION DATE: SEPTEMBER 14
Weschler’s, now in Rockville, will offer an extensive and varied collection of contemporary and postmodern American art at its next Capital Collections auction. Highlights include works by Washington Color School artists Thomas Downing, Kenneth Noland, Paul Reed, Howard Mehring and Sam Gilliam, notably Gilliam’s painting “Surf,” created in 1968, a seminal year in his career. The sale will also include a number of Gilliam’s smaller works, including pastels, watercolors, a serigraph from 1985 and a collotype on handmade paper.
“SINGLE ORIENTAL POPPY, NEW YORK, 1968,” PRINTED 1989
IRVING PENN (1917-2009)
ESTIMATE: $60,000 – $80,000
AUCTION DATE: SEPTEMBER 26
“Rooms as Portraits: Michael S. Smith” is a collection sale incorporating three interiors decorated by the visionary designer. The auction will feature English and European furniture and decorative arts; carpets; 20th-century design items; works of Asian, American, postwar and contemporary art; and photographs including this Irving Penn still life — all reflective of Smith’s aesthetic: a blend of European style and American modernism, equally appropriate in a California interior or in a high-rise overlooking Central Park.