The late banker and philanthropist David Rockefeller raised eyebrows with his slightly eccentric will. But now, his art collection is poised to drop jaws.
Christie’s has announced that Rockefeller’s art collection of some 2,000 pieces will hit the auction block next year in New York.
The collection includes modern art masterpieces, Chinese export porcelain, American paintings and European furniture. In fact, so much art is being sold that the results could be the largest sale in auction history, according to Bloomberg.
“It will be the sale of this century and the last as well,” David Norman, a private art dealer and former co-chairman of Sotheby’s Impressionist and modern art department, said. “Every work lives up to the Rockefeller name. It’s a perfect match of a great historic family and a great historic collection.”
The proceeds of the auction will go to about 12 charities that Rockefeller and his late wife Peggy supported during their lifetime, according to Fraser P. Seitel, a spokesman for the estate. [Bloomberg]