Event Date15 June 10:00 AM - 29 June 10:00 AM EDT | Online auction 21005

The Collection of Donna Summer

The Collection of Donna Summer

Sale Overview

Donna Summer remains a cherished figure in the hearts of many: the undisputed queen of disco for her global fanbase, as well as a multifaceted artist, devoted wife, and loving mother to her family. With enduring classics such as 'I Feel Love', 'Love to Love You Baby', and 'Bad Girls', Donna Summer not only revolutionized the music industry but also continues to captivate and energize dance floors for both longtime admirers and new generations of fans. The Collection of Donna Summer showcases the ascent of this legendary star through essential memorabilia, including her numerous RIAA gold 45's, handwritten lyrics, and iconic performance outfits from around the world. The collection also offers an intimate glimpse into her personal life through candid Polaroids taken at home and during her travels, as well as several of her evocative paintings, which she treasured as a favorite pastime.

Bidding for the collection will be open from 15-29 June. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to St. Jude Children's Hospital, the Save the Music Foundation, and the Elton John AIDS Foundation—charitable organizations that were dear to Donna Summer during her lifetime and continue to hold significance for her family today.


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Auction times
15 Jun 10:00 AM (EDT)

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Christopher June

Christopher June

Head of Sale, Junior Specialist | Silver

Christopher June is a Junior Specialist in the Decorative Arts department focusing on American, English, Continental, and Russian silver and objects of vertu. Born in Anchorage, Alaska, Christopher completed his undergraduate degrees in History and Art History at Seattle University before earning a Masters of Arts degree in Fine and Decorative Arts from the Sotheby’s Institute, London. Christopher joined the Christie’s Client Services department in the summer of 2017, before transitioning to his current role in the Fall of 2019. Since joining the Decorative Arts Department, Christopher has contributed to a number of important sales including La Rêverie: The Collection of Sydell Miller (2021), The Private Collection of Jayne Wrightsman (2020), The Collection of Ann and Gordon Getty (2022) and The Orange Blossom Collection (2023).
Peter Klarnet

Peter Klarnet

Senior Specialist, Americana | Books & Manuscripts

Peter joined Christies in 2016 after twenty years working with manuscript Americana, spending the first portion of his career cataloging for, and later managing, a Connecticut auction house specializing in historical autographs. In 2005 he left that firm to pursue opportunities as a consultant, agent and dealer. Although his primary interests center on early America, especially the American Revolution and Early Republic, Peter has appraised, cataloged and sold a wide range of material from the 17th to the 20th centuries.

Since joining Christie's, Peter has worked with many important collections including the papers of the Marquis de Chastellux, The Private Collection of President and Mrs. Reagan, The Findlay-Wright Papers, the Roger Judd Collection of American Historical Autographs, the Louisiana Purchase Collection of A. J. Tullock, The Collection of Lee Bouvier Radziwill, The Private Collection of William S. Reese, The Birth of Wikipedia, The Papers of Richard N. Goodwin, and most recently, DJ Kool Herc and the Birth of Hip Hop and The Collection of André Leon Talley. Some of Peter’s more prominent auction records include the sale of the Albert Einstein God Letter, bringing $2.89 million—a world record for an Einstein letter at auction; the unique Ionic Original disc of Bob Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind” (£1.48m); and most recently the Arizona Spike: one of four presentation spikes presented at the ceremony marking the completion of the transcontinental railroad in 1869 ($2.22m). Peter holds a B.A. in History from Antioch College, and a M.A. in History from the University of Delaware with a certificate in museum studies. He has curated several exhibits including a major exhibition at Federal Hall in New York celebrating the bicentennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln in 2009.

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