The Metropolitan Opera Guild Collection

Christie's
New York

Date of the auction: 15.06.2017

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AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION – OPERA A collection of autograph lette...

AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION – OPERA. A collection of autograph letters and ephemera, chiefly from opera singers, 1826-1960.
AUTOGRAPH COLLECTION – OPERA. A collection of autograph letters and ephemera, chiefly from opera singers, 1826-1960. In English, French, Italian and German. Approx. 42 items in total

Lot #: 1

Estimate: US$7,000 - US$10,000

Date: 15 Jun 2017

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AUTOGRAPH ALBUM – COMPOSERS ‘Autographes de compositeurs cél...

AUTOGRAPH ALBUM – COMPOSERS. ‘Autographes de compositeurs célebres’, autograph musical quotations signed by composers and musicians, most inscribed to Isaac Léon, Paris, 1892 – 1906.
AUTOGRAPH ALBUM – COMPOSERS. ‘Autographes de compositeurs célebres’, autograph musical quotations signed by composers

Lot #: 2

Estimate: US$40,000 - US$60,000

Date: 15 Jun 2017

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BACH, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750) Autograph manuscript sign...

BACH, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750). Autograph manuscript signed (‘Joh. Sebast: Bach’), the title page for the cantata BWV 178, ‘Wo Gott der Herr nicht bei uns hält', n.p. [Leipzig], ‘Dominica 8 post Trinitatis’ [30 July 1724].
BACH, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750). Autograph manuscript signed (‘Joh

Lot #: 3

Estimate: US$150,000 - US$220,000

Date: 15 Jun 2017

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BEETHOVEN, Ludwig van (1770-1827) Autograph letter signed (‘...

BEETHOVEN, Ludwig van (1770-1827). Autograph letter signed (‘Beethoven’) to [Count Nikolaus Zmeskall von Domanovecz: ‘H[err] von Seneskall!’) , n.p. [Vienna], n.d. [?December 1816].
BEETHOVEN, Ludwig van (1770-1827). Autograph letter signed (‘Beethoven’) to [Count Nikolaus Zmeskall von Domanovecz

Lot #: 5

Estimate: US$40,000 - US$60,000

Date: 15 Jun 2017

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BELLINI, Vincenzo (1801-1835) Autograph letter signed (‘V Be...

BELLINI, Vincenzo (1801-1835). Autograph letter signed (‘V. Bellini’) to an unidentified recipient (‘Monsieur’), Puteaux, 26 August [1834-35].
BELLINI, Vincenzo (1801-1835). Autograph letter signed (‘V. Bellini’) to an unidentified recipient (‘Monsieur’), Puteaux, 26 August [1834-35]. In French. One

Lot #: 7

Estimate: US$2,000 - US$3,000

Date: 15 Jun 2017

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BELMONT, Eleanor Robson (1879-1979) – A METAL AND CRYSTAL BR...

BELMONT, Eleanor Robson (1879-1979) – A METAL AND CRYSTAL BROOCH
BELMONT, Eleanor Robson (1879-1979) – A METAL AND CRYSTAL BROOCH Designed as a replica of the Metropolitan Opera’s chandeliers, with enclosed note from Wallace K. Harrison, the architect on the project and designer of the chandeliers

Lot #: 9

Estimate: US$600 - US$800

Date: 15 Jun 2017

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BARBER, Samuel (1910-1981) – A GOLD PEN, BY CARTIER

BARBER, Samuel (1910-1981) – A GOLD PEN, BY CARTIER
BARBER, Samuel (1910-1981) – A GOLD PEN, BY CARTIER Designed as a tapered 14K gold body, to the 14K rose gold nib. Signed Cartier and numbered 3604, 7¼ inches (12 cm

Lot #: 11

Estimate: US$400 - US$600

Date: 15 Jun 2017

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BERG, Alban (1885-1935) Autograph letter signed (‘Alban Berg...

BERG, Alban (1885-1935). Autograph letter signed (‘Alban Berg’) to [Rudolf] Kastner, Vienna, 17 August 1927.
BERG, Alban (1885-1935). Autograph letter signed (‘Alban Berg’) to [Rudolf] Kastner, Vienna, 17 August 1927. In German. 2 pages (205 x 135mm), (surface soiling to bottom half of recto, slight

Lot #: 12

Estimate: US$2,000 - US$3,000

Date: 15 Jun 2017

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BERLIOZ, Hector (1803-1869) Autograph letter signed (‘H Berl...

BERLIOZ, Hector (1803-1869). Autograph letter signed (‘H Berlioz’) to [Adolphe] Sax, n.p.[?Paris], n.d.
BERLIOZ, Hector (1803-1869). Autograph letter signed (‘H Berlioz’) to [Adolphe] Sax, n.p.[?Paris], n.d. In French. One page (196 x 120mm), (slight fading where mounted). Provenance : Edwin Franko

Lot #: 13

Estimate: US$3,500 - US$5,000

Date: 15 Jun 2017

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BISPHAM, David (1857-1921) – AN ANTIQUE SET OF GOLD CIGARETT...

BISPHAM, David (1857-1921) – AN ANTIQUE SET OF GOLD CIGARETTE AND MATCH CASES
BISPHAM, David (1857-1921) – AN ANTIQUE SET OF GOLD CIGARETTE AND MATCH CASES Both designed as cases with rounded corners, and engraved with the presentation cypher of Queen Victoria, the cigarette case completed with a

Lot #: 14

Estimate: US$1,200 - US$2,000

Date: 15 Jun 2017

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BIZET, Georges (1838-1875) Autograph letter signed (‘Georges...

BIZET, Georges (1838-1875). Autograph letter signed (‘Georges Bizet’) to an unidentified correspondent (‘Monsieur’), n.p. [?Paris], n.d. [?May 1875].
BIZET, Georges (1838-1875). Autograph letter signed (‘Georges Bizet’) to an unidentified correspondent (‘Monsieur’), n.p. [?Paris], n.d. [?May 1875

Lot #: 15

Estimate: US$2,000 - US$3,000

Date: 15 Jun 2017

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BOITO, Arrigo (1842-1918) Autograph letter signed (‘Arrigo B...

BOITO, Arrigo (1842-1918). Autograph letter signed (‘Arrigo Boito’) to Sig[nor] Villa, n.p., 31 January 1860.
BOITO, Arrigo (1842-1918). Autograph letter signed (‘Arrigo Boito’) to Sig[nor] Villa, n.p., 31 January 1860. In Italian. One page (217 x 131mm). ‘You can inform the distinguished Mr Lanza

Lot #: 16

Estimate: US$400 - US$600

Date: 15 Jun 2017

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BORODIN, Aleksandr Porfir'yevich (1833-1887) Autograph lette...

BORODIN, Aleksandr Porfir'yevich (1833-1887). Autograph letter signed (‘A. Borodin’) to [Theodore Jadoul: ‘Mon cher ami’], St Petersburg, 9 December 1885.
BORODIN, Aleksandr Porfir'yevich (1833-1887). Autograph letter signed (‘A. Borodin’) to [Theodore Jadoul: ‘Mon cher ami’], St Petersburg, 9

Lot #: 17

Estimate: US$4,000 - US$6,000

Date: 15 Jun 2017

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CARUSO, Enrico (1873-1921) – A GOLD EYEGLASS CASE, BY CARTIE...

CARUSO, Enrico (1873-1921) – A GOLD EYEGLASS CASE, BY CARTIER
CARUSO, Enrico (1873-1921) – A GOLD EYEGLASS CASE, BY CARTIER The case designed as a stylized envelope with a hinged cover and applied with "EC" monogram, in 14k gold. Accompanied by a pair of eye glasses. Signed CARTIER, circa early 20th

Lot #: 18

Estimate: US$4,000 - US$6,000

Date: 15 Jun 2017

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CARUSO, Enrico (1873-1921) – AN ANTIQUE SILVER CIGARETTE CAS...

CARUSO, Enrico (1873-1921) – AN ANTIQUE SILVER CIGARETTE CASE, BY GORHAM
CARUSO, Enrico (1873-1921) – AN ANTIQUE SILVER CIGARETTE CASE, BY GORHAM The curved, reeded silver case with applied silver gilt profiles of Enrico Caruso and another gentleman (possibly Heinrich Conried), further enhanced by a

Lot #: 19

Estimate: US$800 - US$1,200

Date: 15 Jun 2017

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CHALIAPIN, Feodor Ivanovich (1873-1938) – AN ART DECO GOLD C...

CHALIAPIN, Feodor Ivanovich (1873-1938) – AN ART DECO GOLD CIGARETTE CASE
CHALIAPIN, Feodor Ivanovich (1873-1938) – AN ART DECO GOLD CIGARETTE CASE Designed as a reeded rectangular shaped case with beveled edges and applied with Chaliapin's monogram in Cyrillic, "FISh", completed by a black onyx-set

Lot #: 20

Estimate: US$6,000 - US$8,000

Date: 15 Jun 2017

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DALI, Salvador (1904-1989) A GOLD 'CARMEN LA CROTALOS' NECKL...

DALI, Salvador (1904-1989). A GOLD 'CARMEN LA CROTALOS' NECKLACE
DALI, Salvador (1904-1989). A GOLD 'CARMEN LA CROTALOS' NECKLACE Designed with a pendant of a stylized female dancing figure representing Carmen, suspended from a chain with a series of rose-shaped links, all in 18K yellow gold

Lot #: 21

Estimate: US$4,000 - US$6,000

Date: 15 Jun 2017

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DEBUSSY, Claude (1862-1918) Autograph letter signed (‘Claude...

DEBUSSY, Claude (1862-1918). Autograph letter signed (‘Claude Debussy’) to [Albert] Carré, '10 av. Alphand' [Paris], 14 August 1905.
DEBUSSY, Claude (1862-1918). Autograph letter signed (‘Claude Debussy’) to [Albert] Carré, '10 av. Alphand' [Paris], 14 August 1905. In French. Two pages (176 x

Lot #: 22

Estimate: US$2,000 - US$3,000

Date: 15 Jun 2017

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DEBUSSY, Claude (1862-1918) – AN ANTIQUE GOLD, ENAMEL AND AG...

DEBUSSY, Claude (1862-1918) – AN ANTIQUE GOLD, ENAMEL AND AGATE PEN
DEBUSSY, Claude (1862-1918) – AN ANTIQUE GOLD, ENAMEL AND AGATE PEN Designed as a carved agate body with gold and enamel detailing, to the gold nib, all in 18K gold, 7 3/8 inches (18.50 cm) Circa 1900

Lot #: 23

Estimate: US$1,200 - US$2,000

Date: 15 Jun 2017

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DEVLIN, Stuart (b1931) A GILT METAL 'CENTENNIAL EGG' ORNAMEN...

DEVLIN, Stuart (b.1931). A GILT METAL 'CENTENNIAL EGG' ORNAMENT
DEVLIN, Stuart (b.1931). A GILT METAL 'CENTENNIAL EGG' ORNAMENT Designed as an egg cast with decorative opera motifs, opening to reveal a crystal and white bead replica of the Metropolitan Opera chandelier, engraved "1883 Metropolitan

Lot #: 24

Estimate: US$2,000 - US$3,000

Date: 15 Jun 2017

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DONIZETTI, Gaetano (1797-1848) Autograph letter signed (‘Don...

DONIZETTI, Gaetano (1797-1848). Autograph letter signed (‘Donizetti’) to an unidentified recipient (‘Monsieur et cher confrère’), n.p., n.d.[?.1839].
DONIZETTI, Gaetano (1797-1848). Autograph letter signed (‘Donizetti’) to an unidentified recipient (‘Monsieur et cher confrère’), n.p., n.d.[?.1839

Lot #: 25

Estimate: US$1,500 - US$2,200

Date: 15 Jun 2017

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DUKAS, Paul (1865-1935) Autograph letter signed (‘Paul Dukas...

DUKAS, Paul (1865-1935). Autograph letter signed (‘Paul Dukas’) to an unidentified correspondent (‘mon cher et glorieux voisin’), '10 de l’Assomption’ [Paris], n.d. [c.1908].
DUKAS, Paul (1865-1935). Autograph letter signed (‘Paul Dukas’) to an unidentified correspondent (‘mon cher et glorieux

Lot #: 26

Estimate: US$1,000 - US$1,500

Date: 15 Jun 2017

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DE RESZKE, Jean (1850-1925) – AN ART DECO PLATINUM AND DIAMO...

DE RESZKE, Jean (1850-1925) – AN ART DECO PLATINUM AND DIAMOND POCKET WATCH, BY LONGINES
DE RESZKE, Jean (1850-1925) – AN ART DECO PLATINUM AND DIAMOND POCKET WATCH, BY LONGINES Designed with a silvered dial with diamond set Roman numeral chapter ring on a black background, within a brush finish

Lot #: 27

Estimate: US$1,000 - US$2,000

Date: 15 Jun 2017

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FLAGSTAD, Kirsten (1895-1962) – A DIAMOND BROOCH

FLAGSTAD, Kirsten (1895-1962) – A DIAMOND BROOCH
FLAGSTAD, Kirsten (1895-1962) – A DIAMOND BROOCH Designed as a series of stylized ribbon scrolls set with old and baguette cut diamonds, with French assay marks for 18K and platinum, measuring approximately 2½ x 1¼ inches (6.35 x 3.17 cm). Circa 1940s

Lot #: 28

Estimate: US$6,000 - US$8,000

Date: 15 Jun 2017

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FONTEYN, Margot (1919-1991) – A PAIR OF BEIGE SATIN BALLET S...

FONTEYN, Margot (1919-1991) – A PAIR OF BEIGE SATIN BALLET SHOES SIGNED BY MARGOT FONTEYN
FONTEYN, Margot (1919-1991) – A PAIR OF BEIGE SATIN BALLET SHOES SIGNED BY MARGOT FONTEYN Of beige satin, both soles stamped FREDR FREED, Made in England and size 4. "FONTEYN" inscribed in blue pen. With very

Lot #: 29

Estimate: US$1,000 - US$1,500

Date: 15 Jun 2017

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GIORDANO, Umberto (1867-1948) Autograph letter signed (‘U Gi...

GIORDANO, Umberto (1867-1948). Autograph letter signed (‘U. Giordano’) to ENRICO CARUSO, Élysée Palace Hotel, Paris, June 1905.
GIORDANO, Umberto (1867-1948). Autograph letter signed (‘U. Giordano’) to ENRICO CARUSO, Élysée Palace Hotel, Paris, June 1905. In Italian. Two pages (193 x 122mm

Lot #: 32

Estimate: US$700 - US$1,000

Date: 15 Jun 2017

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GLUCK, Christoph Willibald (1714-1787) Autograph letter sign...

GLUCK, Christoph Willibald (1714-1787). Autograph letter signed (‘Gluck’) to [Franz Kruthoffer: ‘Dearest friend!’], Vienna, 30 September 1780.
GLUCK, Christoph Willibald (1714-1787). Autograph letter signed (‘Gluck’) to [Franz Kruthoffer: ‘Dearest friend!’], Vienna, 30 September 1780. In German. One

Lot #: 33

Estimate: US$20,000 - US$30,000

Date: 15 Jun 2017

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GOUNOD, Charles (1818-1893) Autograph musical quotation sign...

GOUNOD, Charles (1818-1893). Autograph musical quotation signed ('Ch. Gounod') inscribed to Gustav Barth, Vienna, 13 April 1843.
GOUNOD, Charles (1818-1893). Autograph musical quotation signed ('Ch. Gounod') inscribed to Gustav Barth, Vienna, 13 April 1843. In French. 1½ pages (107 x 185mm), cropped

Lot #: 34

Estimate: US$1,200 - US$1,800

Date: 15 Jun 2017

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GOUNOD, Charles (1818-1893) Autograph quotation signed ('Ch ...

GOUNOD, Charles (1818-1893). Autograph quotation signed ('Ch. Gounod') from Faust , inscribed to Fidès Adler-Devriès, n.p., n.d.
GOUNOD, Charles (1818-1893). Autograph quotation signed ('Ch. Gounod') from Faust , inscribed to Fidès Adler-Devriès, n.p., n.d. In French. One page (306 x 235mm), (marks

Lot #: 35

Estimate: US$700 - US$1,000

Date: 15 Jun 2017

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GOUNOD, Charles (1818-1893) Autograph letter signed ('Ch Gou...

GOUNOD, Charles (1818-1893). Autograph letter signed ('Ch. Gounod') to 'Benedict', Paris, 10 April 1880.
GOUNOD, Charles (1818-1893). Autograph letter signed ('Ch. Gounod') to 'Benedict', Paris, 10 April 1880. In French. One page (195 x 135mm), bifolium, integral blank, (losses to upper right recto

Lot #: 36

Estimate: US$150 - US$220

Date: 15 Jun 2017