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  • Joan Didion (Group One) from the Library of Joan Didion
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    $1,000 - $1,500
    Lot 1

    Joan Didion (Group One) from the Library of Joan Didion...

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    $1,000 - $1,500
  • Brigitte Lacombe (b. 1950): Two Portraits of Joan Didion
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    $3,000 - $5,000
    Lot 2

    Brigitte Lacombe (b. 1950): Two Portraits of Joan Didio...

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    $3,000 - $5,000
  • Joan Didion's Favorite Books from the Library of Joan Didion
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    $800 - $1,200
    Lot 3

    Joan Didion's Favorite Books from the Library of Joan D...

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    $800 - $1,200
  • Leslie Johnson (1944-2002): Portrait of Joan Didion
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    $3,000 - $5,000
    Lot 4

    Leslie Johnson (1944-2002): Portrait of Joan Didion

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    $3,000 - $5,000
  • Pair of Celine Faux Tortoiseshell Sunglasses
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    $400 - $800
    Lot 5

    Pair of Celine Faux Tortoiseshell Sunglasses

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    $400 - $800
  • Annie Liebovitz (b. 1949): Joan and Quintana
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    $3,000 - $5,000
    Lot 6

    Annie Liebovitz (b. 1949): Joan and Quintana

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    $3,000 - $5,000
  • Brice Marden (b. 1938): Nevis Letter
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    $4,000 - $5,000
    Lot 7

    Brice Marden (b. 1938): Nevis Letter

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    $4,000 - $5,000
  • Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1993): Twelve
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    $50,000 - $70,000
    Lot 8

    Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1993): Twelve

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    $50,000 - $70,000
  • Helen Marden (b. 1941): Untitled
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    $1,000 - $2,000
    Lot 9

    Helen Marden (b. 1941): Untitled

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    $1,000 - $2,000
  • Julian Wasser (b. 1938): Joan Didion Standing in Her Stingray Corvette
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    $1,500 - $3,000
    Lot 10

    Julian Wasser (b. 1938): Joan Didion Standing in Her St...

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    $1,500 - $3,000
  • American Oak, Walnut and Bird's Eye Maple Partner's Desk, J. Breuner, Sacramento, California
    Estimate
    $8,000 - $12,000
    Lot 11

    American Oak, Walnut and Bird's Eye Maple Partner's Des...

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    $8,000 - $12,000
  • Julian Wasser (b. 1938): Joan Didion with Her Stingray Corvette
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    $1,500 - $3,000
    Lot 12

    Julian Wasser (b. 1938): Joan Didion with Her Stingray ...

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    $1,500 - $3,000
  • Patti Smith (b. 1946): Hermann Hesse's Typewriter
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    $2,000 - $4,000
    Lot 13

    Patti Smith (b. 1946): Hermann Hesse's Typewriter

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    $2,000 - $4,000
  • Group of Thirteen Blank Notebooks
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    $100 - $200
    Lot 14

    Group of Thirteen Blank Notebooks

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    $100 - $200
  • Patti Smith (b. 1946): Milan Easter
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    $2,000 - $4,000
    Lot 15

    Patti Smith (b. 1946): Milan Easter

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    $2,000 - $4,000
  • Victorian Style Woven Rattan Armchair
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    $500 - $700
    Lot 16

    Victorian Style Woven Rattan Armchair

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    $500 - $700
  • William Padien: Charleston Beach II
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    $800 - $1,200
    Lot 17

    William Padien: Charleston Beach II

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    $800 - $1,200
  • Group of Three Hurricane Lamps
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    $300 - $500
    Lot 18

    Group of Three Hurricane Lamps

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    $300 - $500
  • Willard Dixon (b. 1942): Elliptical Fly, Landscape
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    $2,000 - $3,000
    Lot 19

    Willard Dixon (b. 1942): Elliptical Fly, Landscape

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    $2,000 - $3,000
  • Richard Serra (b. 1938): Malcolm X
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    $10,000 - $15,000
    Lot 20

    Richard Serra (b. 1938): Malcolm X

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    $10,000 - $15,000
  • Willard Dixon (b. 1942): Las Vegas
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    $2,000 - $3,000
    Lot 21

    Willard Dixon (b. 1942): Las Vegas

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    $2,000 - $3,000
  • Pair of Slipcovered Two Seat Sofas with Two Needlework Pillows and a Club Chair
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    $400 - $800
    Lot 22

    Pair of Slipcovered Two Seat Sofas with Two Needlework ...

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    $400 - $800
  • White Painted Wood Low Table
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    $300 - $500
    Lot 23

    White Painted Wood Low Table

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    $300 - $500
  • Group of Three Victorian Style Upholstered and Oak Slipper Chairs
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    $500 - $700
    Lot 24

    Group of Three Victorian Style Upholstered and Oak Slip...

    Est.
    $500 - $700
  • Mary Ellen Mark (1940-2015): John Dunne and Joan Didion-New York City
    Estimate
    $2,000 - $4,000
    Lot 25

    Mary Ellen Mark (1940-2015): John Dunne and Joan Didion...

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    $2,000 - $4,000
  • Late Regency Ebony Inlaid Mahogany Pembroke Table
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    $1,000 - $1,500
    Lot 26

    Late Regency Ebony Inlaid Mahogany Pembroke Table

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    $1,000 - $1,500
  • Annie Leibovitz (b. 1949): John, Joan, Griffin and Dominick
    Estimate
    $5,000 - $8,000
    Lot 27

    Annie Leibovitz (b. 1949): John, Joan, Griffin and Domi...

    Est.
    $5,000 - $8,000
  • Gorham Silver Five-Piece Tea and Coffee Service and a Two Handle Silver Plate Tray
    Estimate
    $2,000 - $3,000
    Lot 28

    Gorham Silver Five-Piece Tea and Coffee Service and a T...

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    $2,000 - $3,000
  • Jennifer Bartlett (1941-2022): House: Dots, Hatches
    Estimate
    $2,000 - $4,000
    Lot 29

    Jennifer Bartlett (1941-2022): House: Dots, Hatches

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    $2,000 - $4,000
  • Towle Silver Part Flatware Service
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    $2,000 - $3,000
    Lot 30

    Towle Silver Part Flatware Service

    Est.
    $2,000 - $3,000
  • Jennifer Bartlett (1941-2022): Untitled
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    $1,500 - $3,000
    Lot 31

    Jennifer Bartlett (1941-2022): Untitled

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    $1,500 - $3,000
  • Group of Colored Glass Articles
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    $400 - $600
    Lot 32

    Group of Colored Glass Articles

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    $400 - $600
  • Jennifer Bartlett (1941-2022): Tree in Four Parts
    Estimate
    $15,000 - $20,000
    Lot 33

    Jennifer Bartlett (1941-2022): Tree in Four Parts

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    $15,000 - $20,000
  • Pair of Hurricane Lamps
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    $300 - $500
    Lot 34

    Pair of Hurricane Lamps

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    $300 - $500
  • Two Blown Glass Table Bells
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    $200 - $300
    Lot 35

    Two Blown Glass Table Bells

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    $200 - $300
  • Glass Hurricane Lamp and Shade and a Metal Glass Hurricane Lamp
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    $300 - $500
    Lot 36

    Glass Hurricane Lamp and Shade and a Metal Glass Hurric...

    Est.
    $300 - $500
  • Sam Francis (1923-1994): Pointing at the Future III
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    $3,000 - $5,000
    Lot 37

    Sam Francis (1923-1994): Pointing at the Future III

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    $3,000 - $5,000
  • Vija Celmins (b. 1938): Drypoint-Ocean Surface
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    $15,000 - $18,000
    Lot 38

    Vija Celmins (b. 1938): Drypoint-Ocean Surface

    Est.
    $15,000 - $18,000
  • Bruce Nauman (b. 1941): Underground Passage
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    $2,000 - $4,000
    Lot 39

    Bruce Nauman (b. 1941): Underground Passage

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    $2,000 - $4,000
  • Edward Ruscha (b. 1937): Library
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    $3,000 - $4,000
    Lot 40

    Edward Ruscha (b. 1937): Library

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    $3,000 - $4,000
  • Ed Ruscha (b. 1937): Book Return
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    $3,000 - $4,000
    Lot 41

    Ed Ruscha (b. 1937): Book Return

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    $3,000 - $4,000
  • Edward Ruscha (b. 1937): Course of Empire
    Estimate
    $6,000 - $9,000
    Lot 42

    Edward Ruscha (b. 1937): Course of Empire

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    $6,000 - $9,000
  • Group of Five Books About California
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    $100 - $200
    Lot 43

    Group of Five Books About California

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    $100 - $200
  • Transfer Printed Porcelain 'California' Charger
    Estimate
    $200 - $300
    Lot 44

    Transfer Printed Porcelain 'California' Charger

    Est.
    $200 - $300
  • Herman Meyer, Publisher (1883-1896): Sacramento City
    Estimate
    $200 - $400
    Lot 45

    Herman Meyer, Publisher (1883-1896): Sacramento City

    Est.
    $200 - $400
  • Quintana Roo Dunne (1966-2005): Palm Springs
    Estimate
    $300 - $500
    Lot 46

    Quintana Roo Dunne (1966-2005): Palm Springs

    Est.
    $300 - $500
  • American Patchwork Quilt, Mounted
    Estimate
    $500 - $700
    Lot 47

    American Patchwork Quilt, Mounted

    Est.
    $500 - $700
  • Quintana Roo Dunne (1966-2005): The Seashore
    Estimate
    $800 - $1,200
    Lot 48

    Quintana Roo Dunne (1966-2005): The Seashore

    Est.
    $800 - $1,200

Auction Description

An American Icon: Property from the Collection of Joan Didion by STAIR GALLERIES
Joan Didion’s career as a writer and influential critic of American culture began when she burst onto the scene in the 1960s as a new and distinctive literary voice. Married to writer John Dunne, the couple lived a bicoastal life in New York and California, frequenting both the Hollywood glamour scene and the East Coast literati and art worlds. The influence of both places can be felt throughout Didion’s writing, as well as in the collection of art and objects she lived with. Highlights in the sale include works by Richard Diebenkorn, Sam Francis, Brice Marden, Ed Ruscha, Jennifer Bartlett, Vija Celmins and Patti Smith. Also included is a selection of photographs of Joan Didion by Brigitte Lacombe, Annie Liebovitz, Mary Ellen Mark and Julian Wasser. Furnishings and decorations from Didion’s apartment include a large partner’s desk from California, a Late Regency Pembroke table, an American writing desk, silver, porcelain and collectibles amassed by the Didion-Dunnes on their travels, and objects gifted to them by artists and writers. A selection of books and ephemera will also be included. “We are thrilled to be offering property from the collection of Joan Didion at auction. It is an honor to be in the home where one of America’s great writers lived and worked, and to curate a sale of her fine art and personal property.” said Colin Stair, President of Stair. Proceeds from the sale will benefit patient care and research of Parkinson’s and other movement disorders at Columbia University, and the Sacramento Historical Society for the benefit of Sacramento City College scholarship for women in literature. Read more
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