According to Richmond BizSense, a piece of Justin French’s art collection — a large abstract sculpture called Kiskya
by Richmond artist Steven Bickley — will be auctioned
starting on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at Motley’s Auction and Realty Group. The sculpture (pictured) is large and sleek, measuring a dramatic 9 by 9 feet. It’s made of mottled polished stainless steel. It’s estimated that it will go for $2,500 to $5,000, with no buyer’s premium.
French is Richmond's former real estate mogul, now serving 16 years in a New Jersey prison for a multimillion-dollar tax-credit scheme. Kiskya is just one of hundreds of items Motley’s will put up for sale during this two-part auction. In addition to pieces culled from recognized homes across the mid-Atlantic, there’s French’s sculpture and his many fine antiques, along with antique furniture and decorative arts once owned by Midlothian's James Price, who was sentenced in July to 51 months in prison after pleading guilty to mail fraud related to his own multimillion-dollar scam.
Motley’s, through an agreement with the U.S. marshal’s office, sells personal property that has been liquidated under the law to help provide restitution to victims of fraud.
So what does this mean for you? This auction’s a great opportunity to bid, in person and online, on choice 18th- and 19th-century period furniture, sterling silver, fine art and more. On the auction’s opening night, you’re also invited to join in Motley’s 45th anniversary party at their building at 4402 W. Broad St. There’ll be food, cocktails and live music starting at 5 p.m. The auction will kick off at 6:30 p.m.
Live previews begin at 10 a.m. on Monday and will run through 7 p.m. that day and from 10 a.m. to the end of the sale on Tuesday. Wednesday’s sale will be online only.
I’ve looked at some of the items that will be auctioned, and my interest's been piqued by numerous luminous landscapes, an inlaid Federal-style gate-leg table, and a very old, beautifully patinaed sterling-silver hairbrush.