Following the death of Van Cliburn on 27th February, 2013, an auction is now to be held at Christie’s New York auction house on 4th and 5th March, 2014. The auction will feature antiques from Van Cliburn’s Fort Worth home in Texas.
Van Cliburn shared his home with his mother Rildia Bee O’Bryan Cliburn, until her death at the age of 97 in 1994. His mother was also Van’s first piano tutor.
A Bechstein piano that held great sentimental value to Cilburn is part of the collection. It dates from 1869 and was purchased by Mrs Cliburn during the 1940s, before being passed down to her son.
Cliburn collected antiques and treasures throughout his life and was present at the 2012 auction held at Christie’s, when 166 lots of his collection were sold for $4.4 million. The items that were auctioned featured jewellery and rarefied pieces, in addition to antiques. Cliburn died at his Westover Hills mansion a year ago, surrounded by his treasures.
Along with the piano, the auction will also contain a selection of fine antique dining chairs , which had been his mother’s passion.
Van Cliburn started playing the piano when he was three years old. He won international acclaim at the age of 23 when he won the International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in 1958. A memorial concert was held on the anniversary of his death in Fort Worth.
For collectors who are searching for antique dining chairs in Preston , a reputable antiques dealer will be able to display a number of suitable items.
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