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Embiricos’ Art Collection Will Be Auctioned

Sotheby’s has announced the sale of 11 works from the estate of Greek shipping magnate George Embiricos in a series of auctions to be held from November 2012 through March 2013 in New York and London.

The collection, between many other paintings, also, includes: Study for Head of Isabel Rawsthorne, by Francis Bacon, Portrait of Mariano Goya,  by Francisco de Goya, which will lead an auction entitled Important Old Master Paintings, which will be held on Jan. 31 in New York.

As noted by Artdaily, Embiricos (1920-2011) had a successful life that allowed him to build an admirable collection. Following legal studies in Athens and Cambridge he entered the family business and built it into a leading concern during the Post-War period. Passionate and erudite, he retired early to devote his life to art and learning.

Following the war, Embiricos moved to New York, and began collecting art. Over several decades he assembled a legendary collection of paintings, works on paper and sculpture. His profound connoisseurship was eclectic, spanning centuries and cultures. Masterpieces by El Greco, Goya, Cézanne, Kandinsky, Picasso, van Gogh and Bacon, among others, were brought together in his beautiful home in Lausanne, Switzerland.

In 1973, Henry Moore visited the property to advise on the siting of two monumental bronze sculptures, and the dialogue between collector and sculptor was captured in a poignant series of photographs.


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