Sting and Trudie Styler are selling over 150 art works by modern masters in a collection from their former home in Queen Anne’s Gate, London, and another 50 or so pieces of furniture – including a Steinway piano valued at £30,000 and some furniture such as Table Rose and Table Bleue by Yves Klein (estimates: £20,000-30,000).
The works will be sold at an auction at Christies, who’s staff have recreated four rooms from the house in Queen Anne’s court to demonstrate how Sting and Styler paired works from their collection together.
“Sting and Trudie Styler’s home at Queen Anne’s Gate effortlessly combined luxury, rarity and colour — a skillful balance that created the ultimate London home,” says Andy Waters, Senior Director, Head of Private Collection Sales, Christie’s London. “Each work of art was carefully chosen and the resulting collection is a testament to their informed eye for Art and Design.”
Their collection really is quite something: from turn of the century artists like Gustav Klimt, who’s drawing Study of a Young Woman in Stockings (estimate: £25,000-40,000) is from a series of illustrations of the human body in motion, that Klimt completed in 1906-7.
From there we have post-war artists such as Ben Nicholson’s March 55 (amethyst) (estimate: £300,000-500,000), painted in 1955. Henri Mattisse’s infamous Jazz portfolio (estimate: £250,000-350,000) created in 1947 is now considered one of the greatest and most influential print series of the 20th century. Then we have Pablo Picasso’s lithograph Le Corsage à Carreaux, 1949 (estimate: £30,000-50,000) as well as ceramics by the modern master, and prints by Georges Braque and René Magritte.
Keith Haring’s Untitled (estimate: £70,000-100,000) leads us in to the more contemporary, accompanied by some of Robert Mapplethorpe’s revolutionary photographs including Calla Lilies and many other artists including a fair few 21st century artists such as Veronica Smirnoff, Emily Allchurch and Giles Alexander.
The sale comes after Sting and Trudie sold their house last year for an impressive £19 million – they intend to down-size slightly for their new abode in the Battersea Power Station development.
The auction will take place on February 24th and the estimate for the lot according to The Telegraph currently stands at just above £1.4 million.