This spectacular sale offers the estate of the late Andrew Piretti, a revered Sony Music executive for 43 years, who hosted legendary Grammy parties for Sony. His hands-on relationships with the careers of many of the music industry's greatest stars contributed to his music memorabilia collection, containing many unique pieces. Andy was a collector, connoisseur, philanthropist, and world-traveling bon vivant, all of which adds to the eclectic range of this sale. He served on the boards of a number of mostly arts and theater related institutions both in New York and Richmond, where he moved after his retirement. Our listings and photos are but the tip of a fascinating iceberg. We will attempt to update items as the week progresses, but the sheer volume of the contents of his large home is daunting. We urge you to attend one of the year's most fascinating sales.
ART: "Stainless Wreck" by Martin Kline
A Unique cast and polished stainless steel sculpture by internationally recognized artist Martin Kline. Kline received his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in 1983 from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio, and he has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in new York; Zurich, Switzerland; Madrid, Spain; Venice, Italy' and Kornwestheim, Germany. His work is in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia; Harvard University Art Museums; Fogg Museum, Cambridge, Massachusetts; Albertina; Vienna, Austria, and many other museums worldwide.
The unique piece in stainless steel was featured in the exhibition "Martin Kline: Painting Sculpture" October 29-November 20, 2002, at Marlborough Chelsea, New York, NY. The work is initialed and dated on verso MK 00 in cast stainless steel. In 2012 the New Britain Museum of American Art published "Martin Kline: Romantic Nature" to accompany the exhibition at the museum in New Britain, Connecticut. The present work "Stainless Wreck" is prominently featured on page 124.
"Untitled" by Martin Kline. Brown ink on handmade paper, 1991-92.
Internationally recognized artist/sculptor Martin Kline received his BFA Degree in 1983 from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. After graduation Kline moved to Portland, Oregon and worked at the Portland Art Museum and "taught a drawing class in colored pencil, his sole teaching experience." While in Portland he was exposed to Asian culture and enrolled in a Japanese art and literature class. His work at this time was elaborately detailed and highly representational compositions of flowers and plants rendered in color pencil and ink line drawings. In the early 1990s Kline moved to New York and his figurative drawings and plant and blossom drawings in colored pencil and brush and ink became more stylized and reduced. "During this time, Kline developed an appreciation for 18th and 19th century drawings, which he started collecting in a modest way. The sensibility of these old master drawings was notably manifested in a body of sepia-saturated drawings, which set the tone for his later work." Kline's "Untitled" brown ink on handmade paper drawing executed in 1991-92 is from this series. The work is signed and dated in the lower right corner.
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Martin Kline's work is included in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Brooklyn Museum; the High Museum of Art; The Museum of Fine Arts Houston and university collections among them; the Fogg Museum; Yale University Art Gallery; and Princeton University Art Museum. He has had a number of major solo exhibitions at the Jason McCoy Gallery and the Marlborough Gallery in New York, as well as others in America and Europe in his 32 years as an artist.
"Souvenir #27" by Martin Kline. Brown ink on paper, 1993.
Internationally recognized artist/sculptor Martin Kline received his BFA Degree in 1983 from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. After graduation Kline moved to Portland, Oregon and worked at the Portland Art Museum and "taught a drawing class in colored pencil, his sole teaching experience." While in Portland he was exposed to Asian culture and enrolled in a Japanese art and literature class. His work at this time was elaborately detailed and highly representational compositions of flowers and plants rendered in color pencil and ink line drawings. In the early 1990s Kline moved to New York and his figurative drawings and plant and blossom drawings in colored pencil and brush and ink became more stylized and reduced. "During this time, Kline developed an appreciation for 18th and 19th century drawings, which he started collecting in a modest way. The sensibility of these old master drawings was notably manifested in a body of sepia-saturated drawings, which set the tone for his later work." The brown ink drawing on paper "Souvenir #27" executed in 1993 is from this series. The work is signed and dated 93 in the lower left corner and personalized on verso.
"Walking in Reeds" by Peter Max. Acrylic painting on board. Old Master drawings, including a 17th century Baroque drawing of St. Anthony holding the infant Jesus, attributed to Guercino. 18th Century Study of a Left Arm, attributed to Jan Antoon Garemijn. 17th century Dutch portrait of a gentleman. 17th century drawing of St. Paul, circle of Guido Reni.
A multitude of paintings in various media and genres; prints and engravings, including a Dali and a George Edwards, "Little Black Monkey". A number of Richmond artists, including Harvey McWilliams, Aggie Zed, Sally Lamb Bowring and an early oil by Jack Blanton.
"Profusion" and "Path Through the Garden" by Kent Wallis, member of the Society of American Impressionists, the Society of Plein Air Artists of America, and the Northern California Society of Plein Air Painters.
FURNITURE: An eclectic mix, including a remarkable 18th century Bergire; Walnut Victorian Desk, a Chinese Chippendale Chair, a pair of Gothic Folding Chairs, a range of contemporary and traditional furniture, including sideboards, breakfront, beds, dining table & chairs, armchairs.
ACCESSORIES: Dozens and dozens of blown glass paperweights, blown glass and cut crystal animals, including Waterford, Baccarat, Cartier, and Swarovski; crystal stemware, including Bacarat, Waterford, etc.; China by Villeroy and Boch; 19th century bronzes, animals & birds; an outstanding pair of crystal candlabra; comedy/tragedy masks; an 1880s Columbia Graphophone with Tole speaker from the Sotheby's sale of property from the collection of William S. Paley.
MUSIC and ENTERTAINMENT: Michael Jackson "Dangerous" CD cover art, signed by Michael; Bad World Leather and Wool Tour Jacket and cap issued only to crew and Sony Music executives; tour jackets for Journey, Bruce Springsteen, Pink Floyd, and others. Springsteen cane/walking stick with a likeness of Bruce in a bronze medallion on the top of the cane; Grammy invitations; a group of items related to Sony's 1998 Grammy Party, including the invitation, a black and white rendering of the party venue and four color photos of the actual decorated event space; "U Turn" movie poster, signed by Director Oliver Stone; poster of the original Broadway production of The Producers, signed by Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, and Mel Brooks; belt buckles, including Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Review; Barbra Streisand's Greatest hits album cover, signed and inscribed to Andy; Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine poster, signed and inscribed to Andy; Bette Davis 8 x 10 signed photo; Springsteen Tunnel of Love Express Tour Denim jacket; Skull-Man Farewell Tour '95 jacket; poster for Neil Simon's "The Dinner Party," inscribed by Neil Simon and signed by Henry Winkler, John Ritter, Len Carion, Penny Fuller, Vanne Cox, and Jan Maxwell; CD, original music, "The Producers," signed by Mel Brooks; Poster for "Master Class," inscribed by Patti LuPone; John Travolta signed photograph; Theresa Brewer photograph, signed and inscribed to Andy; multi-platinum cassette and CD commemorating 100,000 copies sold of the original motion picture soundtrack "Titanic," presented to Andy from Sony Classical/Sony Music Soundtrax; gold cassette and CD commemorating 500,000 copies sold of the original motion picture soundtrack "Immortal Beloved," presented to Andy from Sony Classical; gold cassette and CD commemoratin 500,000 copies sold of the Shawn Mullins album, "Soul's Core," presented to Andy from Columbia Records; multi-platinum album, cassette and CD commemorating 3,000,000 copies sold of the album "Macy Gray on How Life Is" by Macy Gray, presented to Andy from Epic Records; multi-platinum cassette and CD commemorating 10,000,000 copies sold of the Celine Dion album "Falling Into You," presented to Andy from 550 Music; gold/platinum commemoration of more than 25,000,000 copies sold of music by various artists, including Celine Dion, Pearl Jam, George Michael, Black Sabbath, and Ben Folds Five, presented to Andy from Epic Records/550 Music; commemoration for "A Great Year of Artist Development," presented to Andy from Epic Records; gold/platinum commemoration for various artists from 1997-1998 and "The Best Year In Our History," presented to Andy from Columbia Records Group.