From flasks to French art, thousands raised at Keith Richards auction
In the end, it was fine French paintings - not items from more than 50 years of sex, drugs and rock’n roll - that fetched the highest prices at a Keith Richards auction last weekend.
Two works by French painter Jacquelin Marval (1866-1932), brought nearly $20,000 to benefit two Ridgefield, Conn. nonprofits that work with autistic adults. With a winning bid of $15,000, Marval’s 1918 oil on canvas work “Bouquet of Tulips to the Window,” commanded the highest price at the auction.
The lowest price of $25 went for a pair of empty picture frames.
The 133 lots in the Saturday auction by Stair Galleries in Hudson, N.Y., was an eclectic mix that ranged from fine art and furniture to items you may find at a Greenwich, Conn. tag sale.
In all, the auction items from Richards and his wife, Patti Hansen, netted nearly $125,000 for SPHERE and The Prospector Theater. The couple’s connection to the Connecticut nonprofits is Hansen’s 24-year-old-nephew, who is autistic and has received services from the organizations. The Richards have owned a home in Weston, Conn. since the 1990s.
The auction showcased Persian carpets, Flemish tapestry pillows, an Edwardian painted satinwood four-poster bed, English silver-plated flatware, Waterford crystal wine glasses, Flemish tapestry pillows and an Edwardian painted satinwood four poster bed.
None of Richards’ guitars, wardrobe, trademark skull ring or Rolling Stones memorabilia were on the auction block.
Still, there were some pieces that had a Keith-inspired connection.
One of the more unusual ones was a skull-engraved Japanese porcelain tea set that sold for $4,000, well above its $600 appraisal. An unusual high-heeled slipper chair went for $1,500, a thousand dollars more than expected.
An English tufted leather Chesterfield sofa, which was the centerpiece in the couple’s living room, had a winning bid of $1,900.
The 73-year-old Richard’s survival - despite years of substance abuse and close calls with death - is remarkable. An old joke goes that after the nuclear apocalypse, all that will remain will be cockroaches and Keith Richards.
Decades after the hedonistic days of the 1960s, Richards still drinks and according to the Daily Mail, kicks off his day by smoking a joint.
So, it’s not surprising that anything connected with alcohol commanded high prices at the auction.
In a detached sort of way, it’s like sharing a drink with a mate.
A liquor decanter went for $1,200, three flasks with screw-off lids fetched $1,600 An assortment of cocktail shakers,Waterford champagne glasses, French ice tongs and a metal ice bucket collected more than $2,500. Even a black chalk on paper work, entitled “The King Drinks,” sold for $3,750.
Household items with a high-end flair included $700 salt and pepper shakers, a $450 English trash bin, $200 candlesticks, $600 floor lamps and eight folding musician chairs for $800.
More like an estate than a celebrity auction, the sale was one way for the Richards to redecorate their Upper East Side Manhattan apartment and to help local charities.
With homes in Jamaica, England and Weston, there may be opportunities for more redecorating and more auctions.