Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Personal Art Collection Is Up for Auction

Eleanor Davis, “For Justice Ginsburg” (2015), giclée print of Ruth Bader Ginsburg that hung in her chambers (all images courtesy the Potomack Firm unless of course normally observed)

Former Supreme Court docket Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s legacy was by now proven extensive before she passed away in September of 2020 at the age of 87. More than the training course of almost 30 many years on the Supreme Courtroom — adhering to a profitable law career that heralded many ground-breaking achievements — Ginsburg grew to become a pop culture icon in her individual suitable, with areas of her existence serialized in textbooks, movies, and an abundance of Halloween costumes for budding youthful feminists.

Now artwork lovers and lovers of the iconic justice can invest in a exceptional memento, as bidding is open up on several plenty from Ginsburg’s particular artwork collection.

On line bidding is presently underway on the first round of products, which includes 17 pieces from the collection on show at Ginsburg’s Watergate condominium in Washington, DC (other pieces in the auction are not from Ginsburg’s selection). Notable will work involve 3 Picasso ceramic, terracotta, and earthenware parts and a print a Josef Albers screenprint and six bronze statuettes and reliefs by Glenna Goodacre, who intended the obverse of the gold Sacagawea dollar that was issued from 2000 to 2008 as nicely as the Vietnam Women’s Memorial on the National Mall in Washington.

Josef Albers, “Red Orange Wall” (1959/1970), screenprint
Glenna Goodacre, “Sacred Song” (2006), bronze

Bidding is also open up on a second spherical of objects, which include 145 artworks and memorabilia from the justice’s Supreme Court docket chambers as perfectly as her property. Bidding will come to a close for the modern-day art auction on April 27, adopted by the closing of the memorabilia auction on April 28. The twin auctions will profit the Washington Nationwide Opera (WNO), a enthusiasm of Ginsburg, who regularly attended WNO performances at the Kennedy Centre. 

Impressed by the justice’s “legacy on gender equality and diversity,” the Potomack Firm, which is managing the auctions, says it will donate 10% of the seller’s fee to fellowships presented by the Women of Berkeley Regulation, a university student group of the College of California, Berkeley.

Paul Spera, “Bubbie of Liberty” laminated drawing of RBG by her grandson

Numerous of the items in each collections have now met or exceeded their projected really worth, no doubt bolstered by their affiliation with the cult preferred RBG. For case in point, a laminated drawing of Ginsburg by her grandson, Paul Spera, was at first valued at $100 to $150 but was bid up to $5,500 at the time of this creating. Similarly, a 2015 illustrated portrait by Eleanor Davis that hung in Ginsberg’s chambers is at the moment bid effectively higher than its estimate.

Merchandise from Ginsburg’s household and workplace chambers consist of more small artworks, a cross-part of Indigenous art, including carved animal fetishes and pottery several lower glass and crystal vases and bowls, and an assortment of medals and honors bestowed on Ginsburg all through her prodigious law occupation. The catalogue incorporates all sorts of objects, from a mink coat with her monogram in the pocket to glass art and a Hummelesque tiger figurine issued in recognition of Ginsburg as a 1996 Rubin Traveling to Professor at the Paul M. Hebert Legislation Heart.

Inside shot of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Watergate condominium in Washington, DC showcasing some of the merchandise in her auction selection in situ (picture courtesy Winston Authentic Estate)

The Ruth Bader Ginsburg selection will be on see at Potomack’s Old Town gallery in Alexandria, Virginia as a result of April 27, offering not only a wide assortment of art objects and memorabilia gathered in excess of the study course of a fascinating career, but a exclusive possibility for those looking for just one-of-a-kind artifacts from the everyday living of a notable American lady.