Jascha Heifetz' Personal Items Up for Auction

March 27, 2017, 2:53 PM · Are you interested in all things related to the great violinist Jascha Heifetz?

If so, you might want to scroll through the dozens of personal items up for online auction from the Jascha Heifetz and Family Collection. Bids are being accepted through April 6, through the Australian-based Mossgreen auction house. (Here is more on how to bid)

Jascha Heifetz auction

"We’ve been entrusted with these items since my father's death 30 years ago, and it’s now time for them to be shared with the broader group of fellow musicians and fans who will carry his legacy forward," said his son, Australian-based photographer Jay Heifetz. "These things that were important to him can now inspire others who aspire to enjoy his excellent taste and artistic perfection."

Some of those things include Heifetz' concert tails, paintings (including a Picasso), porcelain, marriage certificate, private correspondence, concert programs, paintings, silver, crystal, a Steinway upright piano, recordings, books, photos, documents and more. Besides Picasso, other artists and makers include Fabergé, de Kooning, Thiebaud, Lloyd Wright, Tiffany, Stella, Hermes, Burberry, Gaultier, and more. Rare glassware from Russia’s Imperial Glass Factory that was a gift to the Heifetz family from the Czar is also available. Unique documents include Heifetz’ original Naturalization Certificate (making him an American citizen), the Wedding Certificate for his second marriage, his last U.S. Passport, original Karsh and Mili photographs, French Legion of Honor Medallions, and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. The tails were custom made in 1951 and were Heifetz’ favorite during his last years of public performing. There is also a silk monogramed bathrobe and scarf from the American maker, Sulka.

Heifetz, who was born in Vilnius, Lithuania on February 2, 1901, became a U.S. citizen in 1925. He gave hundreds of concerts for Allied service men and women during World War II, concertized for many years and published dozens of violin transcriptions. In his later years, he moved to Southern California, where he taught at both UCLA and USC. This auction celebrates the 100th anniversary his migration to the United States and his American debut at Carnegie Hall, on October 27, 1917.

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March 27, 2017 at 11:39 PM · Wouldn't it be great to have a Heifetz Museum?

March 30, 2017 at 11:46 AM · No museum, unfortunately. All these things will end up scattered all around the world - too bad! Anyone know what happened to his music library?

April 2, 2017 at 06:05 PM · I'm happy just to have his recordings. The more demanding the passage, the more Jascha toyed with it. Technical demands had nothing on that man!

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