The last time Baroness Lambert, an art collector and the wife of a prominent Belgian banker, teamed up with auctioneer Simon de Pury, for a photography sale in 2004, all lots sold for a total well above the high estimate, and nine records were set. One of those was for the artist Barbara Kruger, whose billboard-size Untitled (I Shop Therefore I Am) sold for $601,600, more than five times its presale estimate. This fall, the baroness is once again putting impressive treasures in the hands of de Pury with A Visual Odyssey: Selections from LAC (the Lambert Art Collection). The sale of more than 300 items features contemporary pieces—with works by Cindy Sherman, Christopher Wool, and André Dubreuil—and antiques spanning the 18th and 19th centuries.
The sale is also the inaugural undertaking of de Pury’s latest business, a new online auction venture called de Pury. Formed in partnership with antiques dealer Mallett, the company will hold the sale in association with Christie’s on October 14 in London. The auction will be streamed live, with bidders able to join in online or from Christie’s auction house on King Street. From October 3 to 14, prospective buyers and curious spectators alike will be able to glimpse the contents of A Visual Odyssey, which will be displayed at Ely House—a historic home built in the 18th century for the Bishop of Ely—in an exhibit curated by the French designer Jacques Grange. (de-pury.com)