STANLEY’S ART: Stanley Marcus’s taste in fashion is well known, but his eye for art will be exhibited this fall as Sotheby’s auctions the bulk of his personal collection at a series of sales in New York, London and Milan. Valued at $7 million to $10 million, the collection reflects the diversity of Marcus’ taste, fromAfrican tribal figures, Peruvian textiles and Indian wood carvings to Modern paintings and sculpture. The largest chunk goes on the block Nov. 16 in New York with 144 pieces in a sale called "A Passion for Collecting: The Eye of Stanley Marcus." But an additional 33 of the most important works have been parceled out among five specialist sales, with most falling into Impressionist and Modern Art Nov. 5-6 and Latin American Art Nov. 19-20, both in New York. They include sculptures by Alberto Giacometti, Henry Moore and Henri Matisse, paintings by Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo and Georgia O’Keeffe and a painted metal mobile by Alexander Calder.

Marcus died in January, and the collection is being sold to fulfill the bequests of his will and pay taxes, explained his son, Richard Marcus. "As much as all of us enjoyed and grew up with a lot of these pieces, I don’t know that anybody regrets seeing them reenter the market," Marcus reflected. "It is to satisfy his wishes. He was the cement that held all these pieces together, and in the context of his home and office, it had a certain vibrancy. Once he was gone, that disappeared. It’s great to put things back into the river, as it were, and let them flow to others who will enjoy them."

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