Art as Jewelry as Art

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1334 York Avenue, NY 10021, New York, United States
Open: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm


Art as Jewelry as Art

Auction: Sat 24 Sep - Tue 4 Oct 2022


- Tue 4 Oct 2022

1334 York Avenue, NY 10021 Art as Jewelry as Art

Mon-Fri 10am-5pm

Sotheby’s is pleased to announce Art as Jewelry as Art, a first of its kind auction focused exclusively on artists’ jewelry.


This online auction will run from 24 September through 4 October 2022, with the works on view at Sotheby’s York Avenue Galleries during the same period. The sale will present jewelry and adornment by some of the 20th century’s greatest artists. Bringing together a fascinating variety of works by major painters and sculptors—abstract expressionists, surrealists, and minimalists—as well as designers and architects who have explored the world in miniature.


A growing trend in the market is unique pieces that allow collectors to wear their art. Recent museum exhibitions at the Cincinnati Museum and the Musée des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, for example, as well as in increased dealer interest at recent art fairs, support this trend.


Some 150 thoughtfully chosen works of art, which can be worn as adornment or exhibited as part of a collection, will be presented. The auction will feature works by Louise Nevelson, Alexander Calder, Salvador Dalì, Claude Lalanne, George Braque, Lucio Fontana, Afro, both Pomodoro brothers, Pol Bury, Kiki Smith, Louise Bourgeois, Picasso, Max Ernst, Ettore Sottsass, César, Arman, Jesus Raphael Soto and Man Ray among many others. Highlights include, a Tiara made by Calder in 1938 for Lady Clark, the wife of historian Kenneth Clark (Est. $200,000 – $300,000); a Claude Lalanne cannabis necklace (Est. $10,000 – $15,000); an early group of Abstract Expressionist works from the Rome School (Est. $6,000 – $20,000.00); and two rare Max Ernst works that are fresh to market and being sold by the Ernst family (Est. $20,000.00 – $30,000.00). The auction will also showcase a variety of visionary contemporary artists plunging into the realm of wearable sculpture.


There will be opportunities to schedule private viewings in advance of the auction by appointment. Please contact or call 917-375-0671 for more information.


For assistance with bidding and registration, please contact:

+1 212 606 7000


For all enquiries please contact:


Tiffany Dubin

Art as Jewelry Specialist &

Head of Sale 

+1 212 894 1689

+1 917 375 0671


Kacie deSabla

Assistant Vice President

Head of Online Auctions

Contemporary Art

+1 212 894 1816


Peyton Ayers

Associate Cataloguer

Contemporary Art Online

+1 212 894 1196


Veda Stocton

Pre-Sale Experience Coordinator

Contemporary Art

+1 212 894 2034


Brad Bentoff

Private Client Group, New York

+1 212 606 7252


Yin Zhao

Vice President, Specialist &

Asia Business Development 

+1 212 894 1685


Alejandra Rossetti

Senior Vice President 

Business Development, Miami 

+1 917 653 6946


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