Published: May 10, 2022
ALEXANDRIA, VA. — The Potomack Company was selected by the Kennedy Center to present the personal ephemera, clothing and artwork owned by the late Supreme Court Justice, to benefit her beloved Washington National Opera. The auctions presented a special opportunity to own pieces that spoke to an American icon — RBG — whose legacy continues to inspire and impact so many Americans. The event attracted nationwide active bidding with hammer prices far surpassing estimates and expectations.
The first auction — Twentieth / Twenty-first Century Art — Ruth Bader Ginsburg & Other Private Collections — took place April 27, with the first 17 lots from the justice’s estate. The second auction — RBG: Chambers & Home — was conducted April 28 with all lots from her estate.
The top price of the two-day event was $69,850, for an Eleanor Davis caricature of RBG (shown here) signed by the artist “For Justice Ginsberg,” which hung in the Justice’s chambers and was the first lot offered on the first day of the sale. It was purchased by a private American buyer.
It was followed at $42,545 by a screenprint by Josef Albers titled “Red Orange Wall.” Topping the second day of the event was Ginsburg’s 2002 National Women’s Hall of Fame medal that realized $38,100. A rendering of RBG as the Statue of Liberty, drawn by her grandson, Paul Spera and labeled “Bubbie of Liberty,” rose to $15,240.
The auctions totaled $1,020,636, including buyer’s premium.
Inspired by Ginsburg’s legacy on gender equality and diversity, Potomack will donate ten percent of the seller’s commission to fellowships offered by the Women of Berkeley Law, a student group of the University of California Berkeley, School of Law. The fellowships empower young law students to pursue summer public interest work with vulnerable communities.
For additional information, www.potomackcompany.com or 703-684-4550.
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