Safra Collection Heads to Sotheby’s, Despite Continued Art Handler Lock-Out

data Safra Collection Heads to Sothebys, Despite Continued Art Handler Lock Out

"Sur la Tamise (Return from Henley)" by James-Jacques-Joseph Tissot (Photo courtesy Sotheby's via Bloomberg)

The massive “Property from the Collections of Lily and Edmond J. Safra” auction begins at Sotheby’s today, and those hoping to nab some of the couple’s lavish home decor will have to pass the rallying locked-out art handlers in front of the building.

It’s a bit awkward for anyone who has to enter the building these days, but the whole endeavor is made even more awkward for this auction given that, as Gallerist reported earlier, Ms. Safra supports the art handlers. She even sent down sandwiches when they picketed her building!

The collection features “dining chairs, 18th-century commodes and soup plates,” Bloomberg reports. “More affordable is a pair of Faberge silver candelabra in the Neoclassical style, with an estimate range of $40,000 to $60,000.”

The collection was consigned long before Sotheby’s and the Teamsters Local 814 failed to renew their contract this past summer. The auction is expected to take in over $40 million.