A treasure trove of drawings by Edie Sedgwick, the artist and famous muse of Andy Warhol, is going to be auctioned
The original Chelsea Girl returns to her old stomping ground tonight. A work by the late actress and model Edie Sedgwick is being shown for the first time at the Chelsea Hotel, ahead of the November 17 sale of drawings by the friend and muse of Andy Warhol.
RR’s “Marvels of Modern Music” auction features autographs, memorabilia and original artwork from Bob Dylan, Billy Joel and, of course, Sedgwick herself.
Edith Minturn Sedgwick was born into a family of surprisingly robust art history. Her father, Francis Minturn Sedgwick, was a rancher and sculptor, and Edie was named after her great aunt Edith Minturn Stokes, who was the subject of a portrait by John Singer Sargent, now on display at the Metropolitan Museum. Her first cousin was artist Lily Saarinen, who was married to sculptor Eero Saarinen until 1954. A treasure trove of letters between Alice de Forest Sedgwick and Lily about Edie’s progress in her art lessons is part of the sale at auction, for an estimate of around $500.
The Sedgwick family was not happy, and Edie developed an eating disorder at a young age. She was sent to several boarding schools, but was eventually pulled out due to deteriorating health. She was committed to Silver Hill Psychiatric Hospital in Connecticut in 1962.
While confined to her father’s ranch between school and hospital stints, Edie developed a talent for drawing, capturing her beloved horses in charcoal and dreaming of escaping on horseback. of his unfortunate situation.
Sedgwick’s brother, Johnathan, noted in the lot description for his sister’s sketches that “she couldn’t leave the ranch. She was locked up. Usually it started with a battle with my father. She always felt he would come for her. So she would disappear into the mountains with her horse, Chub… then she would come back, appeased.
Other works for sale include studies of the female form and self-portraits by Sedgwick. In an original self-portrait from 1965, the year Edie met Andy Warhol, the artist portrays herself as the petite blonde with blond hair who captivated 1960s culture. Her cheekbones are outlined in white and she poses nude with a roll of fabric wrapped seductively around her shoulders and waist. It is estimated to sell for up to $40,000.
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