“Andre, like most of us, just wanted to be loved,” Walker said. “And one of the reasons he really loved his church family was that he was accepted unconditionally. He helped create and maintain it, even if it was just a caricature.
“He was always negotiating that reality internally,” Walker said. “He had a history of racism and an awareness informed by his own experience of racism growing up and in the industry. He didn’t reveal himself to much outside of news releases. and Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s first edition of A History of Black America was next to a scholarly treatise on 17th-century French court dress.
Both sides of Talley’s life are on display. This is, in a way, an effort to create a bridge between the two. Thomas said people will be able to see “the world that Andre didn’t reveal.” Whoopi Goldberg wrote an essay for the catalog. Designer Laquan Smith speaks at Palm Beach event. The Abyssinian Baptist Choir will perform in New York.
Christie’s currently quotes the lowest price as $702,200. But historically, private real estate auctions have often far exceeded estimates due to the unquantifiable emotional aspects involved. One hundred dollar Celine sunglasses sold for $27,000. When Christie herself sold the Joanne Rivers mansion, a silver dog bowl inscribed with her pet Spike’s name went from an estimated $500 to $800 for her, and finally over $13,750 for her. Sold. At the auction of Ronald and Nancy Reagan’s mansion, a $1,000 to her $1,500 worth pillow sold for his $71,250. Last year, Christie’s held a sale for his DJ Kool Herc that ended up beating his estimate by 226%.
Elizabeth Siegel, head of private and iconic collections at Christie’s, said: “We don’t know what will capture people’s imaginations and what will make people compete with each other. “Is it one of Mr. Tully’s amazing caftans, or is it his portrait?”