What's It Worth? The Historic Culverhouse Art Collection

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The term “renaissance man” is overused. Used to describe a person of well-rounded, multi-faceted and varied intellect, today’s column focuses on just one aspect of a verifiable and literal “renaissance woman.” We have been tapped by museums, universities and federal bankruptcy courts to sell, promote and deaccession very important, internationally acclaimed collections over the years; but the Dr. Gay Culverhouse collection of fine and decorative art is perhaps one of the most exciting. Dr. Culverhouse defied conventional wisdom with her varied interests. Her business acumen and sports involvement as president of the Tampa Bay Bucs is well documented. She swam in that male-dominated shark pool with strength and grace. But she was better known for her work in sports injuries and concussion science. She brought change in the sports world with her early studies of the subject and founded the Culverhouse Players Outreach Program to help retired pro players with health issues. She wrote a book about the concussion crisis in football. Her pursuits did not stop there. She had an incredible eye for fine art as well. The hard-charging businesswoman who was a compassionate scientist excelled at curating art for her galleries in Ybor and North Florida. We were proud to be chosen to sell this 150-piece collection. If you want a piece of history to hang on your wall, this might be the time to consider a purchase from this incredible, eclectic collection we are offering. As an assortment of the best art, photography and sculpture, mixed with scientific medical photos and a strong slant toward women as subjects and creators, you will be pleased, amazed and occasionally shocked by her powerful collection. Pictured here are three examples – an incredible Robert Rauschenberg, a stunning Chuck Close portrait, and a remarkable Robert Mapplethorpe photograph. Many other internationally known and local artists will be presented. Three former Sothebys.com associates and two art historians on staff. Call or email us if you want to deal with Tampa Bay’s leading auctioneer. We have sold the contents of museums and collections for USF. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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