Part of Michael Crichton’s $30 million private art collection to be auctioned
February 6, 2010
(ChattahBox) – Four pieces from the private collection of paintings of the late Michael Crichton, who died of cancer age 66 in 2008, are set to be auctioned off in the spring at an estimated value of $30 million. Crichton, author of Jurassic Park, The Andromeda Strain and creator of TV series ER accumulated quite a collection of post-war and contemporary art including rare works from Pablo Picasso (Woman and Children) and Jasper Johns (Flag).
Crichton developed a close friendship with American artist Jasper Johns. The last Johns flag painting sold at auction fetched $12.1 million in 1989 – before the art market’s boom, bust and current tentative recovery. The other two works to be sold are Studio Painting (Combine) by Robert Rauschenberg and Girl in Water by Roy Lichtenstein. All four pieces of art date from the 1960s. The works are on display at Christie’s in London until Feb. 12 and will be sold in New York on May 11.