$1,300 for a box of thumbtacks: Joan Didion’s stuff up for auction

Furniture, objects and works of art owned by the journalist and writer, one of the great names of American culture in the second half of the 20th century, are being sold at auction in New York

“This is a real writer. Joan Didion. Sunglasses, skinny jeans and a Stingray& rdquo;. Singer and artist Patti Smith He said goodbye like this on Instagram at the end of last year to his “brave sister, teacher of pain and ink” who ended up with Parkinson’s disease. Didion (Sacramento, 1934), girl from wildest california, He broke out of the ascetic writer mold and rubbed his shoulders with the tough types of New Journalism, men like Tom Wolfe, Norman Mailer and Guy Tallis, no doubt. explained in white albumamong other works, where he shared that list – so vulgar on social networks, decades later – that he hung on his closet door with what could not be missing in a journalist’s bag to go out, flawless: from tampons to a mohair shawl to cover Trekking, two pairs of shoes, and a face cream like bourbon.

Currently The auction will take place on Wednesday at the Stair Galleries in New Yorkk, charts Joan Didion’s life through the things she loved: furniture, books, and artwork. But also the little items like the metal box full of clips and paperclips that already go for $1,300, inside a stationery kit. There’s a reason the auction bears the title American symbol.

parallel and on the other side of the country, in Los Angeles, Hammer Museum He pays homage to an exhibition entitled Joan Didion: What do you meanWhich until next February explores the scope of his personality through the work of artists such as Felix Gonzalez TorresAnd the Maren HessingerAnd the Silk Auto NapAnd the John KochAnd the Ed Ruscha also Pat Steer.

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The auction is not for sale corvette stingray convertible, But the photos that made him famous: two Photo by Julian Wasser for the magazine time In 1968, after publishing Marching towards Bethlehem. Didion stands quietly, leaning against the car Long dress and sandalsYes, at the door of his rented home in Hollywood. They are currently being offered $5,000 and $10,000 respectively. Patti Smith’s custom typewriter image for Hermann Hesse The author has another artwork for sale: there are some signed works by him Annie Leibovitz, Richard Serra or Robert Rauschenberg.

Part of the auction are Joan Didion’s notebooks and a collection of her favorite books Alice in Wonderland a Crime and punishment. A special mention deserves Broken copies of Ernest Hemingway: which ended up becoming a beacon Millennium and Generation X essay book She learned to write by writing pages and pages of Hemingway as a teenager, to get a sense of the rhythm of his sentences.

Among the highlights The mahogany table on which her husband, writer Gregory Dunn, collapsed While having dinner in 2003 two days before New Year’s Eve, and returning home after visiting his daughter Quintana RooHe was admitted to the intensive care unit at Beth Israel. “Life changes quickly. Life changes in an instant. You sit down to dinner, and the life you know is over ”Didion Books The year of magical thinking.

for sale This rattan chair, in the style of Emanuelas the author has touched many times, one of them reading stories to her daughter Quintana, whose death at the age of 39, just two years after Dunn’s, wept in tears. blue nights. The Oak couple’s desk It’s another of the most sought-after pieces, expected to fetch between $8,000 and $12,000, though Didion’s father bought it for $30 in 1934 at auction and gave it to her after their marriage. Decorative objects are also up for auction, like the hurricane lamps with which Joan Didion followed her daughter’s advice when moving into an apartment they bought in New York in 1988, after 24 years of living in Los Angeles: Give it a California touch& rdquo;. Although there was no blackout in New York due to the Santa Ana winds, Didion took them with him.

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In addition to the greats Haddad’s memoryJoan Didion was a style icon. In 2015, Celine, at the age of 81, was photographed with those sunglasses that were always part of her outfit. In 1989, she introduced Gap with her daughter, Quintana. Many sunglasses are on sale, although only a few Celine, as two more were already sold in 2014, each for €2,500, to help fund a Netflix documentary about his life, directed by his nephew, Griffin Dunne. Things through next Wednesday’s auction, too Tamer Didion appears, person who benefited from it cocottes Cast iron and precious Italian and French cookbooks.

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