Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Art Collection and Personal Belongings Auctioned | Ruth Bader Ginsburg

An auction of artwork, including pieces by Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol, and other personal items belonging to the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is expected to fetch hundreds of thousands of dollars next week.

Much of his collection of paintings and ceramics form a 115-lot modern art auction held by the Potomack Company of Alexandria, Virginia in an online catalog. An additional collection titled “Rooms and Home” includes another 145 lots of miscellaneous trinkets, including pewter bowls, crystal vases, and many other personal items.

Ginsburg, the iconic human and civil rights pioneer who died in 2020 at the age of 87 from complications of pancreatic cancer, had a wealth of artifacts spanning the past two centuries, by artists such as Picasso and Warhol.

One of the most valuable items is a 1953 oil painting, Presagio-Premonition, by Mexican artist Gunther Gerzso, which is expected to fetch up to $100,000.

Among the most personal was a “Gartenhaus natural black mink coat” with Ginsburg’s name embroidered in a pocket. As of Thursday morning, bidding for it was already over $2,000, more than double its original estimate.

ANDY WARHOL, AMERICAN 1928-1987, CAN OF CAMPBELL SOUP ON BAG, 1966 Photography: Potomack Company

Picasso ceramics and a Warhol painting of a can of tomato soup are other highlights.

“These items are truly tangible pieces of his life and times as one of the greatest justices of the Supreme Court of the United States,” said Elizabeth Haynie Wainstein, owner of the Potomack Company, in New York Times.

“These articles would be of interest to any American who admired Justice Ginsburg as a civil rights pioneer and advocate for equality for all Americans.”

Proceeds from the two auctions, which end April 27 and 28 respectively, will benefit the Washington National Opera, of which Ginsburg was a strong supporter and frequenter.

Additionally, Potomack said he would donate 10% of his commission to help fund scholarships for Women of Berkeley Law, a group of University of California students whose law school has produced many figures. female legal pioneers.

Ginsburg, dubbed “the notorious RBG,” was known for her advocacy for women’s rights, and the auction is the latest recognition of her importance to the civil and human rights movements.

Last month, the US Navy announced it was naming a ship in his honor. In March, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History announced that it would exhibit, among other things, her famous “dissent necklace” which, according to the New York Times, was “the one she wore on the days when she gave powerful opinions and pointed to contradicting the majority of the Supreme Court”.

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