She was a Supreme Court justice and cultural icon so popular that people recognized her by her initials, RGB.
The nation mourned her passing two years ago, when Ruth Bader Ginsberg died aged 87 from complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer.
Now his legion of fans will have the chance to bid on his collection of modern art and memorabilia at an auction during a two-day session on April 27-28 to benefit his beloved Opera House. Washington National. Opera was RBG’s passion and she frequently attended WNO performances at the Kennedy Center. There was even an opera created about the strange friendship she had with fellow judge, Antonin Scalia, who died in 2016.
The Potomack Company auction house in Old Town Alexandria was chosen to host the auctions. The Justice Modern Art Collection is scheduled for April 27, followed by a session on April 28 with decorative arts and memorabilia bundles from its Supreme Court Chambers and Watergate Residence in Washington, D.C.
Among its modern treasures are several ceramic pieces by Pablo Picasso Madoura, a watercolor by Maurice De Vlaminck, a collection of signed bronzes by Glenna Maxey Goodacre, a serigraph by Josef Albers, a watercolor by Max Weber and a caricature by Eleanor Davis of RBG (right) signed by the artist. “For Judge Ginsberg,” which was in the judge’s chambers.
Ginsberg saw the photo in a story in the New York Times about the artist and contacted Davis for a copy of the art.
For the multitudes of Notorious RBG fans, the sale will include various awards and recognition display pieces she received during her years on the high court.
The Ruth Bader Ginsburg Collection will be on display at the Old Town Potomack Gallery April 12-26 (excluding April 16-17) for an in-person preview. The online catalog will go live on April 12.
All proceeds will go to the Washington National Opera.