Ken­neth Jay Lane Sale at Christie’s

New York, NY

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Jew­ellery de­signer Ken­neth Jay

Lane em­bod­ied glam­our, el­e­gance, and joie de vivre. A self-de­clared “fab­u­lous fake” and un­wa­ver­ing pro­po­nent of fashion as fan­tasy, he presided over a mo­ment in which the world’s most stylish women chose to adorn them­selves in Lane’s bold mas­ter­works of cos­tume jew­ellery. Lane’s in­sa­tiably cu­ri­ous eye al­lowed him to cu­rate a vi­sion of el­e­gance that ex­tended through to his personal col­lect­ing. From the late 1970s, he filled his im­pos­ing Stanford White-de­signed Park Av­enue res­i­dence with a striking as­sem­blage of trea­sures, summed-up by Lane’s fan­ci­ful phrase: “I al­ways think of my­self as living in a tent.”

Sold at Christie’s New York on June 6, 2018, The Es­tate of Ken­neth Jay Lane to­taled $690,875, more than dou­bling the col­lec­tion’s low es­ti­mate, with 100% sold by lot. Many lots greatly ex­ceeded ex­pec­ta­tions, in­clud­ing the col­lec­tion’s top lot A Pati­nated Bronze Ecorche Fig­ure, which re­al­ized $87,500, against a low es­ti­mate of $1,500. Strong re­sults were re­al­ized for the se­lec­tion of Ori­en­tal­ist paint­ings, led by Ge­orges Jules Vic­tor Clairin (1843-1919), The Sul­tan's fa­vorites, painted in 1875, which sold for $32,500, more than dou­bling its low es­ti­mate. Pro­ceeds from the col­lec­tion’s sale will ben­e­fit WNET New York Pub­lic Me­dia.

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