Jerry Moss’ Remarkable Art Collection to Grace Christie’s Marquee Week

In a resplendent nod to the world of art and culture, Christie’s recently announced that The Collection of Jerry Moss will take the stage this coming November, captivating audiences during the illustrious fall Marquee Week of Sales.

Known to many as the “M” in the legendary A&M Records, Jerry Moss carved an indelible mark in the music industry, nurturing the careers of iconic musical luminaries, including Sting, Janet Jackson, Peter Frampton, Cat Stevens, Carole King, and many more. But, beyond the harmonious realm, Moss’s art collection stands as a testament to his discerning taste, encapsulating a diverse spectrum of artistic genres. This compelling ensemble spans the European avant-garde, Latin American art icons, and contemporary masters, thereby making it an artistic treasure trove.

Jerry Moss's Remarkable Art Collection to Grace Christie's Marquee Week
Andy Warhol (1928-1987) Four Multicolored Marilyns (Reversal Series)
Acrylic And Silkscreen Ink On Canvas
Painted In 1979-1986
Estimate: $3,000,000-5,000,000

Unveiling the Gems: Jerry Moss’s Extraordinary Art Collection

A closer examination of Jerry Moss’s illustrious collection reveals a captivating narrative that spans the realms of artistic diversity. The collection boasts thirteen exceptional works, all of which will be showcased as part of a single-owner section in Christie’s 20th Century Evening Sale, set to grace the stage on November 9, 2023.

Furthermore, subsequent pieces from this coveted collection will find their new homes during the Marquee Week Day Sales and the Design Sales scheduled for December. Together, the entire collection is poised to realize a staggering figure, anticipated to exceed a remarkable $50 million. Notably, a portion of the proceeds from this sale will be dedicated to benefit The Music Center, a fitting tribute to Jerry Moss’s enduring passion for the world of arts.

A Symphony of Diverse Artistry

Much like the musicians whose stars rose to dazzling heights under Jerry Moss’s wise guidance, the artworks he so diligently collected are anything but uniform. Within the collection, several standout pieces capture the essence of his eclectic tastes.

Jerry Moss's Remarkable Art Collection to Grace Christie's Marquee Week
Tamara De Lempicka (1898-1980) Fillette En Rose
Oil On Canvas
Painted Circa 1928-1930
Estimate: $7,000,000-10,000,000

Notable highlights encompass Frida Kahlo’s poignant “Portrait of Cristina, My Sister,” with an estimated value ranging from $8 million to $12 million, and Tamara de Lempicka’s exquisite “Fillette en Rose,” expected to fetch between $7 million and $10 million.

These artworks provide intimate glimpses into the lives of their respective artists’ closest family members, rendering them profoundly personal and emotionally charged. Surpassing them all, however, is Picasso’s masterpiece, “Nu couché,” with an estimated value of $10 million to $15 million, reigning as the crown jewel of the collection.

In the words of Tina Moss, “Art was always something personal to Jerry, a means of expressing love, beauty, or the profound impact an experience had on him. His fascination with artists and profound respect for their creative prowess lay at the core of his identity and shaped his acquisitions. Jerry was no follower of trends; he believed that true confidence lay in the ability to proudly display one’s personal tastes for all to see.

His fervent passion, combined with a deep-rooted humility, set him apart in the world of opulence. Jerry’s life, character, and achievements continue to inspire those who had the privilege of knowing and loving him. Despite facing personal challenges, he rarely uttered a negative word. Regardless of his monumental success, he never lost sight of his humble beginnings.”

Jerry Moss's Remarkable Art Collection to Grace Christie's Marquee Week
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) Nu Couché
Oil And Ripolin On Canvas
Painted On 13 October 1968
Estimate: $10,000,000-15,000,000

Edward White, Senior Partner of Edward White & Co., LLP, Certified Public Accountants, eloquently shares, “It is a privilege to serve as a Trustee and Executor for the Estate of Jerry Moss, alongside Tina Moss. While the world admired Jerry for his entrepreneurial achievements and public persona, I had the unique privilege of experiencing the facets of his character that truly defined him as an exceptional human being.

His compassion, boundless generosity, tempered optimism, soul-stirring humour, multifaceted intellectual talents, kindness, and profound love for art and humanity collectively shaped Jerry as a true ‘Man for All Seasons.’ On behalf of Jerry’s entire family, I extend heartfelt gratitude to Bonnie Brennan, Margot Rosenberg, and all our colleagues at Christie’s for their invaluable services.”

Bonnie Brennan, President of Christie’s Americas, remarks: “Jerry Moss was a deeply beloved figure in the Los Angeles community and a legendary record executive who played a vital role in shaping the world of music as we know it. He had a singular ability to recognize artistry and foster talent, discovering so many of the greatest musical acts of all time. In his fantastic art collection, it is clear that this rare and unique skill was not limited to music.

The works in his collection showcase masterful artists of all backgrounds, including two masterpieces by female artists Tamara de Lempicka and Frida Kahlo. It has been such a pleasure collaborating professionally with Tina, Edward and Edward White & Co., LLP over the last several months in organizing this sale, and I want to thank them all for being such fantastic partners. We look forward to continuing to celebrate Jerry’s legacy and sharing this exceptional collection with the world during Christie’s Marquee Week this November.”

A Worldwide Sojourn for Jerry Moss’s Art Collection

Bonnie Brennan, President of Christie’s Americas, remarks: “Jerry Moss was a deeply beloved figure in the Los Angeles community and a legendary record executive who played a vital role in shaping the world of music as we know it. He had a singular ability to recognize artistry and foster talent, discovering so many of the greatest musical acts of all time. In his fantastic art collection, it is clear that this rare and unique skill was not limited to music.

The works in his collection showcase masterful artists of all backgrounds, including two masterpieces by female artists Tamara de Lempicka and Frida Kahlo. It has been such a pleasure collaborating professionally with Tina, Edward and  Edward White & Co., LLP over the last several months in organizing this sale, and I want to thank them all for being such fantastic partners. We look forward to continuing to celebrate Jerry’s legacy and sharing this exceptional collection with the world during Christie’s Marquee Week this November.”

In the run-up to the much-anticipated Marquee Week, The Collection of Jerry Moss will embark on a global sojourn, with a series of touring exhibitions set to ignite the art world’s enthusiasm. These captivating pieces will journey to Christie’s New York Rockefeller Center Galleries, where the entire collection will be on display from October 28 until the day of the auction, offering art connoisseurs and enthusiasts alike the opportunity to revel in Jerry Moss’s remarkable artistic legacy.

Images: Christie’s

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