Property from the Estate of Anne Marie Aberbach

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Anne Marie Aberbach

B est known as Elvis Presley’s music publisher, Julian J. Aberbach and his wife Anne Marie amassed a remarkable collection of modern art, including works by European and Latin American masters. As the founder of music publisher, Hill and Range, Julian and his brother Jean helped musical icons, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Edith Piaf gain international fame. The son of a successful jeweler in Vienna, Julian spent time in Europe during the 1930’s, where he became familiar with the international contemporary art scene. After the war, Julian continued to make regular trips to Europe where he met Anne Marie. Beginning in the 1950s, Julian and Anne Marie began to collect art works on their regular trips to Europe, often acquiring work directly from the artists or their galleries close to the time of the works’ creation. Julian and Anne Marie developed close relationships with some of the artists whose works they collected frequently inviting them to their house in the Hamptons. The Aberbachs were particularly inspired by the works of Valencian born Manolo Valdes and Nicaraguan born Armand Morales, both known for creating works employing art-historical references. Works by both of these artists have been central to the Aberbach’s private collection.

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