Mike D’s Mom’s $30M Art Collection Up For Auction


If you’re looking to update your crib with a baroque sculpture by Pietro and Gain Lorenzo Bernini or an Italian Renaissance painting by Dosso Dossi you’re in luck!

Beastie Boy Mike D is putting his mom’s impressive US$30 million art collection up for auction next year. Mike’s interior designer mother, Hester Diamond, and art dealer father, Harold, accumulated the eclectic collection of paintings, sculptures, furniture, books, and crystals over the course of their married life. The sale includes several classic contemporary pieces along with a variety of Old Masters which, for the those (like myself) who don’t know much about the art world, are artworks created in Europe before 1800. Think Rembrandt and Da Vinci, that kinda shit.

Hester Diamond and Bernini’s ‘Autumn’

‘My mum and dad were completely integrated into the New York City contemporary art world before I was born,’ Mike told Bloomberg in an interview about the sale. ‘Quite a number of the Rothkos that are sold at Sotheby’s today at some point went through my parents.’

The Diamonds were avid collectors of contemporary art until Harold’s passing in 1982. His death prompted Hester to sell much of the modern art they’d acquired and invest in Old Masters. She also sold off the antique furniture decorating their home and replaced it with modern pieces. Mike and his brother decided to sell the rare collection after the death of their mother in February this year. Speaking about the art on offer, Mike told Bloomberg, ‘The juxtaposition of styles of furniture and paintings and sculptures is honestly, very striking. It really is something that’s rare in our world, that we have people like my mom, who are so comfortable in their own point of view.’

Pieter Coecke van Aelst’s ‘The Nativity, the Adoration of the Magi, The Presentation in the Temple’ circa 1520.

Included in the auction is the rare Bernini statue Autumn, (US$8-$12 million), Pieter Coecke van Aelst’s triptych The Nativity, the Adoration of the Magi, The Presentation in the Temple (US$3.5 million) and Bill Viola’s video installation Ablutions (US$100K). There are even a number of Beastie Boys pieces on offer for fans wanting to get their hands on some hard to find memorabilia.

Fearless: The Collection of Hester Diamond will be offered in standalone live and online sales next January via Sotheby’s.

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