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Phillips to Auction Works from Howard Karshan’s Collection

Gerhard Richter, Hände, 1963


Phillips is slated to sell works in London and New York from the collection of Howard Karshan, the late lawyer who served on the Turner Prize Committee and, alongside his wife Linda, accrued a large collection of 20th century art,  including works by Cy Twombly, Pablo Picasso, and Alberto Giacometti, among many others.

Highlights of the more than 150 works from Karshan’s collection will lead Phillips’s evening sale of 20th century and contemporary art in London this October, including a piece by Gerhard Richter, titled Hände, estimated at £2 million–£3 million (about $2.6 million–$3.8 million), and a Cy Twombly piece, Sperlonga Drawing, estimated at £350,000–£550,000 ($449,000–$706,000). Additional lots will follow in day sales in London and later, in November, in New York, as well as at the spring auctions next year.

Cheyanne Westphal, chairman of Phillips, said in a release, “The collection Howard and Linda amassed spans the breadth and depth of Western art and keeps, at its core, a focus on those elements which make collections truly great: connoisseurship, care, a dedicated vision and, above all, a genuine love of art. In following his passion and his keen eye for acquiring works on paper—and in absorbing himself in the literature and art scenes of the day—Howard created a timeless collection and it is our honor to bring these works to the public.”

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