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While I.M. Pei left behind an incredible collection of buildings, the architect and his wife Eileen also left a unique personal collection of artworks and objects, which has been offered by Christie’s this fall and winter. The Collection of Eileen and I.M. Pei includes an exceptional selection of paintings, drawings, works on paper, and sculpture assembled by the couple during the course of their 72-year marriage. Highlights of the collection include works by Jean Dubuffet, Henry Moore, Isamu Noguchi, and Zhang Daqian. Liane Pei, the couple’s daughter, said: “My parents’ collection is a personal reflection of how they lived. They shared a deep curiosity about the world and I have wonderful memories of traveling with them. No matter the country, they always seemed to have friends, many of whom were artists, architects, gallerists, and museum directors.” The full collection of 59 works was offered in sales that took place in New York and Hong Kong in November and in Paris in December and, at the time of going to press, was due to exceed $25 million. Marc Porter, Chairman, Americas said: “The Pei name is one that resonates around the world, integrated into the landscape of the dozens of cities that feature a Pei-designed art museum, concert hall, university, hospital, office tower, or civic building. We are looking forward to sharing this collection with our clients and the public on a global scale.” christies.com Auction THE COLLECTION OF EILEEN AND I.M. PEI The personal artifacts of one of the most celebrated architects of the past century offered in New York, Hong Kong, and Paris
Highlights of the collection, from top: Henry Moore’s Reclining Figure ; an oil on canvas by Zao Wou-ki;
La Brouette by Jean Dubuffet; Jacques Lipchitz’s Homme à la guitare .
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