The estate of Edward Albee, the late playwright whose works include Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and the Broadway-bound Three Tall Women, plans to raise funds for the Edward Albee Foundation by auctioning over 100 pieces from his art collection, according to The New York Times.
Sotheby’s, which will host the event in late September, expects to raise more than $9 million from the auction, which will feature mostly fine art from the 20th century as well as a mix of African and pre-Columbian pieces.
Attendees can expect to see works from such artists as Jean Arp, Milton Avery, Wassily Kandinsky, and Lee Krasner.
“He really loved objects, and he really loved painting,” Amy Cappellazzo, the chairman of Sotheby’s fine arts division, told the Times. “Edward lived with the collection in a very special way. He lived with it deeply. Everything was placed in an open loft environment, and how they were hung was interesting and specific to him, so we’re going to try to do justice to those ideas.”
Founded in 1967 by Albee, after proceeds from Virginia Woolf?, the Edward Albee Foundation maintains the William Flanagan Memorial Creative Persons Center (better known as The Barn) in Montauk as a residence for writers and visual artists. The Foundation exists to “serve writers and visual artists from all walks of life, by providing time and space in which to work without disturbance.” The Center is open from mid-May to mid-October and can accommodate up to five persons at a time.