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Famed for his iconic rendition of Moon River, Andy Williams was the consummate American entertainer whose career lasted over 70 years. A professional performer from the age of 8, Williams was catapulted to nationwide fame in Bing Crosby’s 1944 smash Swinging on a Star. At the height of his fame in the 1960s, Williams’s award-winning TV show attracted a weekly audience of millions.

In addition to music, Williams’s other great passion was art. His collecting philosophy was based on exemplary connoisseurship – taking time to study an artist’s oeuvre and buying only the best examples. His collection is eclectic, consisting of works which caught his eye and his imagination at various stages of his career, over a 60-year span beginning in the 1950s, with special emphasis on artists working in New York and Los Angeles, some of whom he knew: de Kooning (a favorite), Hofmann, Diebenkorn, Kline, Noland, Ruscha, Motherwell, Oldenburg and Basquiat. ‘I could not imagine a life without paintings,’ he once admitted. ‘I look at my paintings every day… I could not imagine a room without art.’

From humble beginnings in the American Midwest to chart-topping success Williams personified the American dream, and together with his music, his art collection pays a fitting tribute to this American legend.

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