Christie’s Presents The Collection of Donna Summer

Christie’s, the renowned auction house, is set to unveil a remarkable event for music enthusiasts and fans of the iconic Donna Summer.

The Collection of Donna Summer will be presented in a captivating online sale in June 2023, with bidding open from June 15th to June 29th. Prior to the auction, Christie’s will showcase the singer-songwriter’s personal collection in a curated exhibition at Christie’s Rockefeller Center in New York City, inviting visitors to immerse themselves in the extraordinary life and legacy of Donna Summer.

Unveiling Donna Summer’s Remarkable Journey

The Collection of Donna Summer offers a compelling insight into the life and career of this legendary star. It chronicles her meteoric rise through a mesmerizing display of memorabilia, including her cherished RIAA gold 45s, handwritten lyrics that resonate with heartfelt emotions, and the iconic outfits she adorned during electrifying performances across the globe.

Christie's Presents The Collection of Donna Summer
RIAA GOLD RECORD AWARD ISSUED TO DONNA SUMMER FOR ‘LAST DANCE’ A Recording Industry Association of America gold record award for the 1978 single ‘Last Dance’ for sales of more than 1,000,000 copies for Casablanca Records, framed Estimate $3,000-5,000

These artefacts serve as tangible symbols of her profound impact on the music industry and her unwavering dedication to her craft.

A Glimpse into Donna Summer’s Personal World

Beyond the stage and spotlight, the collection provides an intimate glimpse into Donna Summer’s personal life. Candid Polaroids taken at her home and during her travels transport viewers into her inner circle, allowing them to share in the private moments that shaped her identity as both an artist and an individual.

Additionally, the collection includes several of her evocative paintings, which she treasured as a favourite pastime. Through these artistic expressions, Donna Summer’s multifaceted persona comes to life, revealing the depths of her creativity and passions.

The Enduring Legacy of a Musical Icon

Donna Summer remains an eternal figure in the hearts of countless fans worldwide. Revered as the undisputed queen of disco, her music continues to captivate and energize dance floors even today, transcending generations.

Timeless classics such as ‘I Feel Love’, ‘Love to Love You Baby’, and ‘Bad Girls’ not only revolutionized the music industry in the 1970s but also left an indelible mark on the cultural landscape. Donna Summer’s profound influence endures, enchanting both loyal admirers and a new generation of music enthusiasts.

Anticipation and Enthusiasm Surrounding the Auction

Jonathan Rendell, Christie’s Deputy Chairman – Americas, expressed his delight in presenting the collection of Donna Summer at Christie’s this June. The auction offers a unique opportunity for enthusiasts from all generations to own a part of music history.

With objects that embody the pinnacle of Disco’s ascendance, the sale invites bidders to acquire cherished items that speak to a bygone era, evoking memories of a transformative musical movement.

Peter Klarnet, Christie’s Senior Specialist, highlights Donna Summer’s significance as an artist who transcended the boundaries of disco, creating music that remains timeless.

The auction features an extraordinary array of treasures, ranging from platinum records to handwritten lyrics and iconic stage costumes. Christie’s is confident that their clients will eagerly participate in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to own a piece of Donna Summer’s legacy.

Christie's Presents The Collection of Donna Summer
DONNA SUMMER (1948-2012) Chairman of the Board signed and dated ‘summer 88’ (right side) acrylic on canvas Executed in 1988. Estimate $8,000-10,000

Bruce Sudano, reflecting on Donna Summer’s global fanbase, expressed his excitement for the unique opportunity provided by Christie’s. He believes that fans, who possess a deep appreciation and knowledge of Donna Summer’s creative vision of music, art, and fashion, will be thrilled to participate in the auction and celebrate her enduring influence.

Supporting Worthy Causes

A portion of the proceeds from the auction will be dedicated to charitable organizations, including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, Save The Music Foundation and the Elton John AIDS Foundation. By giving back to these causes, the legacy of Donna Summer extends beyond her artistic achievements, leaving a positive impact on society.

Exhibition Locations and Dates

To offer a broader audience the chance to engage with Donna Summer’s remarkable collection, selected highlights will embark on a tour, making their way to Christie’s Los Angeles from May 31st to June 3rd.

Christie's Presents The Collection of Donna Summer
DONNA SUMMER (1948-2012) Photograph with autograph inscription (“Who’s That Lady?”), Italy, [ca May 1977] Estimate $800-1,200

Following the tour, the collection will be available for viewing at Christie’s Rockefeller Center in New York City from June 23rd to June 27th, providing a final opportunity for admirers to experience the magic of Donna Summer’s legacy firsthand.

In summary, The Collection of Donna Summer represents more than just a musical journey; it encapsulates the spirit of an extraordinary artist whose impact on the world of music, art, and fashion is immeasurable. Christie’s eagerly anticipates the upcoming auction, inviting enthusiasts to partake in a unique opportunity to own a piece of history and pay tribute to the everlasting legacy of Donna Summer.

Images: Christie’s

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