SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERIES ABOUND IN ELLI BUK’S COLLECTION Dedham, MA: This month, Grogan and Company Fine Art Auctioneers is pleased to present the Elli Buk Collection, one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Scientific Instruments and Tec
globes will also be featured in the first two sessions.
Ephemera offerings include an important assemblage of the original Morris & O’Connor Architectural drawings, blueprints and plans for the R.M.S. Queen Mary, estimated at $5,000-20,000; while Anglophiles may be interested in acquiring the Brass and Wood Toilet, with a Blue and White Porcelain Basin, salvaged from Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's Yacht, 'The Victoria and Albert II', launched in 1855 and scraped in1904.
Another feature of the collection is an impressive assortment of Industrial items that lend itself to the growing "Steampunk" design movement. Steampunk designers refurbish items from the Victorian and Industrial past, such as brass, iron, wood and leather, to create new designs that balance form and function. Early machinery with gears and levers abound throughout the collection and will surely inspire Steampunk enthusiasts.
Elli's art collection was diverse and included many SoHo artists, including Martin Wong, Ernest Rosenberg, Mike Leaf and David Hare. Four 18 x 24 inch sign language paintings by venerated Realist Martin Wong, titled Silence, Voices, Money, and Danger, bear a presale estimate of $12,000-15,000; while Underdog, an oil on plastic by street artist Ernest Rosenberg is estimated at $500-700. A collection of sculptures, paintings and drawings that Elli acquired directly from the studio of well known Surrealist artist, David Hare includes Naked Sing Clarity, a 36 x 48 oil on canvas, estimated at $3,000-5,000 and Seated Female, a 82 ½ inches tall metal and plaster sculpture, estimated at $5,000-7,000. One of the more unusual items is 'Dean', an eight foot, scrap metal, folk art tin man created in the 1950's by George Dean, a tinsmith from Terre Haute, Indiana. 'Dean' bears a presale estimate of $5,000-10,000 and is included in Archie Green's book 'Tin Men' published by the University of Illinois Press in 2002.
The Elli Buk Collection exhibition will begin on Saturday, April 20th and run through Wednesday, April 24th from 9 a.m. - 4p.m. The collection will be auctioned in four sessions beginning Thursday, April 25th. "Anyone interested in the history of science and technology, the Industrial Revolution and manufacturing history should not miss this opportunity," states Grogan, "It is unlikely that we will see another comprehensive collection like this in our lifetime." A fully illustrated catalogue is available on-line at www.groganco.com. For more information contact the gallery at 781-461-9500.