Items include works by Picasso and showcase his love of opera and the American Southwest.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A rare opportunity exists to purchase a piece of art history that once belonged to an icon of American history.
More than 150 items held and displayed by the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in her Watergate home and SCOTUS rooms will be auctioned April 27-28.
“The Kennedy Center, the Washington National Opera and the family have chosen us to sell the more than 150 items that were donated by his estate to raise funds for the Kennedy Center,” said Elizabeth Haynie-Wainstein, owner of the Potomack Company auction house in Alexandria, Virginia.
Among the items is a mink coat that RBG would wear when attending the opera. His name is discreetly sewn into the coat pocket. There is also a glass vase commemorating her presence at the inauguration of President Barack Obama.
“All of these proceeds will go to the Washington National Opera, which was his great passion,” Haynie-Wainstein said. “She was famous for accompanying Judge Scalia. They both went to the opera together. Put aside their legal and political differences and go ahead and have fun.”
“A lot of the pieces are from her home and her rooms that are personal pieces that reflect her life,” Haynie-Wainstein said.
Many items include gifts to Bader-Ginsburg during speeches, such as an LSU Law School tiger statue.
“Every time you walk into someone’s home, it reveals their life, their passions, and their aesthetic interests,” Haynie-Wainstein said. “One thing we noticed was that she had a lot of Native American plays and as we started to research and think about it, it all made sense because she loved opera and loved to spend his summers in Santa Fe (New Mexico) where they have an outdoor opera.”
Both auctions will take place over two days. The first is RBG’s modern art collection and the second will include a collection of donated items from his home and rooms.
The Potomack Company loosely estimates the auction could fetch $50,000 to $80,000 or maybe even more. Items start at $50 and some, like Picasso pieces, are valued at over $10,000.
To view auction items and auction information, click HERE.
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