Three choice lots from upcoming Heritage auctions
In Tyler Shields’ Gator Birkin II, from the photographer’s famed Indulgence series, a model’s well-manicured hands grip the bottom of an exotic-skin Hermès Birkin bag while an alligator holds tight to the bag’s handle. Like the other playful images in the Indulgence series, this game of luxury-goods tug of war is Shields’ tongue-in-cheek statement on society’s obsession with designer brands and consumerism in general. So, who wins in this reptile-human power struggle? While the gator would appear to have the upper hand, as coveted as Birkins are, we wouldn’t count the model out.
William-Adolphe Bouguereau’s Bergère (Shepherdess) was formerly in the personal collections of both John Joseph Albright, who founded the Albright Art Gallery (later the Albright-Knox) in Buffalo, New York, and Amon G. Carter Sr., progenitor of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas. Bergère depicts a placid young woman sitting in a grassy, moody landscape and gazing off just to the right of the viewer’s sightline. The pensive moment is captured with the realism of a photograph and the ineffable poetry that flows from the artist’s hand.
William-Adolphe Bouguereau Bergère (Shepherdess), 1888
Oil on canvas
45-1/2 x 32-1/2 inches (115.6 x 82.6 cm)
Auction: June 9
After Michael Jordan’s success in his 1985-86 NBA season, along with the notoriety provided by the debut of Nike’s Air Jordan 1, a second signature sneaker model was in order. Designed by sneaker legends Peter Moore and Bruce Kilgore, and with a noticeably absent Nike Swoosh, the elegant Air Jordan 2 combined high-end fashion with basketball for the first time. Featuring faux iguana skin and premium full-grain leather on the upper, the present lot is an unreleased prototype of the original Air Jordan 2.