• Press release
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  • New York
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  • 18 April 2017

PRESS RELEASE: Property from the Estate of Ronald P. Stanton to Highlight 20th Century Week in New York 

HENRY MOORE, Large Four Piece Reclining Figure, bronze, Executed in 1972-73. $6,000,000-8,000,000

New York – This Spring, Christie’s will offer Property from the Estate of Ronald P. Stanton. Highlights from the collection will be featured in the Evening Sales of Post-War and Contemporary and Impressionist and Modern Art in May 15-17. The collection will feature works by Edgar Degas, Auguste Rodin, Camille Pissarro, Henry Moore, Pablo Picasso and Isamu Noguchi.
Having fled Germany as a boy prior to the outbreak of the Second World War, Mr. Stanton studied in New York and served in the United States Army. In 1965, he founded the international fertilizer and chemicals firm Trammo (formerly Transammonia), which under his leadership grew to become one of the world’s largest and most successful private companies. Yet for all his tremendous success in business, Mr. Stanton’s philanthropic generosity is the cornerstone of his legacy.

Ronald P. Stanton dedicated his life to the continued vibrancy and vitality of the New York community. An unwavering proponent of healthcare, the performing arts, and Jewish causes, Mr. Stanton became one of the United States’ most prolific philanthropists, providing financial support and leadership to organizations such as New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Lincoln Center, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and Yeshiva University. His notable generosity ranged from funding a cancer infusion center used by tens of thousands of patients at New York Presbyterian Hospital to the underwriting of a 2011 global tour of the Baroque opera Atys.

At his residences on Fifth Avenue and in North Salem, New York, Ronald P. Stanton lived surrounded by a superb collection of paintings, sculpture and works on paper. The recipient of the David Rockefeller Award from the Museum of Modern Art and a Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor, among other accolades, Mr.Stanton understood the importance of creating a standard of giving that would grow for generations to come. “I’m leaving my family in a mode where they understand philanthropy [and] carry on philanthropy,” he said. “I want them to have the legacy that you have to give back, make a contribution to worthwhile things so your own existence has meaning.” It is a philosophy of living that continues to resonate.

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