Three choice lots from upcoming Heritage auctions
Known for celebrating positivity in his art, Mr. Brainwash (aka Thierry Guetta) has given the world such works as Follow Your Dreams, Love Is the Answer, Life Is Beautiful and Work Well Together. The Los Angeles-based artist works predominantly with stencils, screen printing and spray paint to create his brightly colored, graffiti-inspired pieces – which are as joyful as their heartening titles suggest – but his positivity shines even brighter when he adds neon lights to the mix, as he did in this 2021 work Splash Your Heart.
Heritage’s February 2 Design auction includes highlights from the estate of Myra Janco Daniels, the Southwest Florida arts visionary who founded the Philharmonic Center for the Arts (now Artis–Naples) and the Naples Museum of Art (now The Baker Museum). Her curated collection includes designer furniture, decorative objects and art glass such as this vibrant Dale Chihuly sculpture. While the arts were Daniels’ lifelong passion, her first career was as an advertising executive in Chicago, where she was among the first women to head a national ad firm. Her husband, Draper Daniels, inspired the Don Draper character on TV’s Mad Men.
When Certified Guaranty Company (CGC), the grading service long dominant in comics and more recently trading cards, launched a video game division last year, video game collectors and sellers rejoiced. Now Heritage is offering the first cache of CGC-graded games, including the first video game the service ever graded: a 1987 NES The Legend of Zelda graded 9.4 A+. One of the all-time classic home console games, The Legend of Zelda introduced many in the West to the concept of an adventure video game with RPG elements. The collector who wins this game wins a piece of collectibles history.