Fearless: The Collection of Hester Diamond Part II

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1334 York Avenue, NY 10021, New York, USA
Open: By Appointment


Fearless: The Collection of Hester Diamond Part II

New York

Fearless: The Collection of Hester Diamond Part II
Auction: Fri 22 Jan - Fri 29 Jan 2021
Exhibition: to Fri 29 Jan 2021
By Appointment


Dynamic, unpredictable, and incomparable, Hester Diamond was a fearless and visionary collector. Whether through the expressive qualities of the paintings and sculpture in her apartment, the electric colors of her furniture, or in the mesmerizing patterns of the textiles she chose, each piece in her collection personifies Hester’s distinct vision and the freedom that came with being true to herself. The ability to pursue her passions with such conviction and clarity propelled Hester to build an extraordinary career as a venerated art dealer and interior designer, and to assemble important collections of Old Master paintings and sculpture, contemporary furniture, minerals, and more. The ease in which Hester displayed art and objects across time periods demonstrated the frivolity of artificial barriers imposed among collecting categories, and she proved that they could be broken and lived with comfortably.

Fearless: The Collection of Hester Diamond Part II features Hester’s extensive collection of exquisite minerals alongside Beastie Boys memorabilia, modern design pieces signature to her vibrant style, and an assortment of Old Master paintings and sculpture books that lined Hester’s floor to ceiling bookcases, offering a glimpse into the vast art historical knowledge that she forever chased. Kindly note that all of the seller’s proceeds from the Beastie Boys memorabilia lots offered in N10612 will benefit the Good Eats Program. (www.goodeatsprogram.org)

Following the guidelines for the Phase Four reopening of Manhattan, we are able to accommodate clients in our building by appointment only. The exhibition for this sale will open on 23 January and will close on Friday, January 29th at 5:00 PM. To schedule an appointment please click here or contact appointmentsNY@sothebys.com or +1 212 606 7171. You can read more about our safety requirements here.

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Department Contacts:


Alexander Eblen

Vice President, Senior Specialist


+1 212 606 7392


Cassandra Hatton

Vice President, Senior Specialist

Books & Manuscripts

Science & Technology

+1 212-894-2342


Barbara Waginski

Project Manager


+1 212 606 7392


20th Century Design

Marine Hartogs

Vice President, Specialist

+1 212 606 7170


Taryn Clary


+1 212 606 7170


Adelle Bortz


+1 212 606 7170



Richard Austin

Senior Vice President

Head of Books & Manuscripts Department

+1 212 894 1642


Lucy Finn

Sale Coordinator

+1 212 606 7385


European Sculpture and Works of Art books

Old Master Paintings books

Lily Bua


+1 212 606 7206


General Enquiries

Kathleen Smith

Sale Administrator

+1 212-606-7392


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