Doyle Auctions - New York

Wednesday, April 28th, 2021

Stage & Screen

This exciting sale will present original drawings, stage and costume designs, photography, autographs and memorabilia from the vast history of the performing arts: theater, Hollywood, opera and dance. Collectors and fans around the world are invited to participate digitally in this landmark live auction event.

The Estate of Thomas P. Lacy

Featured in the auction is property from the Estate of the famed actor Thomas P. Lacy. In addition to his extensive theater career, and roles in such films as The Royal Tenenbaums and Doc Hollywood, Mr. Lacy also appeared in the television series Law & Order, Three’s Company and Gunsmoke, among many others. His 1985 turn as Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream led a critic to declare Lacy “quite simply a comic genius.” Works from the Estate of Thomas P. Lacy include a trove of original set and costume designs by Cecil Beaton, Eugene Berman, Jo Mielziner and many more. Also notable is a collection of correspondence from the thespian Sir John Gielgud, and autographs of Marlene Dietrich, Stephen Sondheim and more.

The Collection of Herman Krawitz, Assistant Manager, Metropolitan Opera, 1953-72

The papers of Herman Krawitz present in exceptional detail the preparations for major operatic productions at the Metropolitan Opera from 1953-72. Krawitz was Sir Rudolf Bing’s right-hand man during this crucial period, during which the Company’s permanent home was constructed at Lincoln Center, and his important correspondence with Marc Chagall discusses the two vast paintings The Sources of Music and The Triumph of Music that adorn the lobby to the present time and are such a distinctive part of the Met experience. Also present is an extensive archive of correspondence with Cecil Beaton pertaining to the 1965-66 Metropolitan Opera production of Samuel Barber's Vanessa, as well as Beaton's designs for Verdi's Turandot. There is also a lengthy correspondence with the painter Eugene Berman, regarding his set and costume designs for Verdi's Otello, Rigoletto etc. Some amusing desiderata to be offered include a letter from Charlie Chaplin to Rudolf Bing.

The Actors Fund

Recognizing the importance of the performing arts to the fabric of New York, and the terrible toll that the pandemic is taking on the entertainment community, Doyle is proud to donate 10% of our profit from this auction to The Actors Fund.

Consignments Are Currently Being Accepted


Exhibition Dates
Sat, Apr 24th 12pm – 5pm
Sun, Apr 25th 12pm – 5pm
Mon, Apr 26th 12pm – 5pm

Doyle Auctions - New York
175 East 87th Street

New York, NY

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