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NEW YORK – Today Sotheby's announces additional highlights from the historic sales series devoted to the remarkable collection of the late A. Alfred Taubman – legendary collector, philanthropist and businessman – as well as the first public opportunities to view works from the collection.

Over the course of 70 years, A. Alfred Taubman worked quietly and assiduously to assemble one of the greatest collections of art in private hands. Yet, for a man who lived much of his life in the glare of the public spotlight, remarkably little was known about the vast and diverse trove of masterpieces that hung throughout his homes and offices for decades. Having trained as an architect, Mr. Taubman’s keen aesthetic eye is evident throughout the collection.


AMEDEO MODIGLIANI’S PORTRAIT DE PAULETTE JOURDAIN, HANGING IN MR. TAUBMAN’S
NEW YORK RESIDENCE. A SELECTION OF INTERIOR PHOTOGRAPHY IS AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.

That will change this October, when a series of exhibitions will begin to introduce the world to the Taubman Collection. From 2–5 October, select masterpieces by iconic Old Master, Impressionist, Modern, Contemporary and American artists will be on view at the Hong Kong Exhibition & Convention Centre. From 10–15 October, masterworks from the collection will be exhibited at Sotheby’s London galleries. These viewings culminate in a dedicated exhibition from 24–27 October at Sotheby’s New York headquarters – a building conceived by Mr. Taubman to bring his vision for the art market to life.


A. ALFRED TAUBMAN IN HIS BLOOMFIELD HILLS OFFICE, 2014. COURTESY OF THE TAUBMAN COMPANY.

George Wachter, Chairman Sotheby’s Americas, commented: “Our global exhibitions this October will begin to reveal the treasures that Alfred Taubman thoughtfully acquired over decades, offering a window into his remarkable life. The depth and diversity of Mr. Taubman’s collection are staggering, with works spanning every period, genre and medium of creative output – from the monumental, 3,000-year-old depiction of the Egyptian goddess Sekhmet and Tang Dynasty figure of a court lady, to superlative examples by a striking list of the most celebrated figures in Western art: Raphael and Dürer, Degas and Matisse, O’Keeffe and Sargent, Rothko and Bacon, to name a very few. Mr. Taubman’s passion for great works of art had no restrictions, and thus both established and new collectors will have the rare opportunity to experience and acquire works that reflect his connoisseurship at all price points.” 

THE COLLECTION OF A. ALFRED TAUBMAN 
Sotheby’s New York

MASTERWORKS
4 November 2015
7:00pm

MODERN & CONTEMPORARY ART
5 November 2015
10:00am

AMERICAN ART
18 November 2015
6:30pm

OLD MASTERS
27 January 2016
6:00pm