Artwork from the Chelsea Hotel is going up for auction

Stanley Bard, the former owner of the Chelsea Hotel, would often accept artwork from his residents instead of rent. And given the colorful characters who lived there over the years, he was able to gather a rather amazing collection of pieces.

Tom Wesselmann’s “Face #1” (all photo credit: Freeman’s)

Bard died about a month ago, and now, artwork from his personal collection is going up for auction at Freeman’s, the auction house announced this week. Among the artists whose work will be on sale are Tom Wesselmann (whose piece “Face #1” is the priciest in the sale, with an estimated price of $600,000-800,000), Larry Rivers, Barry Flanagan, Christo, Philip Taaffe, Karel Appel and Sidney Nolan.

Tom Wesselmann’s “Study for Blue Nude”

“It’s a privilege for us to have the opportunity to handle art from Stanley Bard’s collection.  His contributions not only to the Chelsea Hotel but to the artists and creative community of New York City are legendary,” Dunham Townend, head of Freeman’s Modern & Contemporary Art department, said in a statement.

In addition to the artists whose work is going up for auction, other notable residents of the hotel included Bob Dylan, Jackson Pollock, Larry Rivers, Mark Rothko and Robert Mapplethorpe, Patti Smith and Arthur Miller.

The Chelsea Hotel closed last year, and is likely going to be converted into luxury condos and a more upscale hotel.

Stanley Bard
Philip Taaffe “Untitled”
Larry Rivers “Art and the Artist Portrait and Painting of Arshile Gorky
Christo’s “The Mastaba of Abu Dhabi”
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