Major maritime works to be auctioned in New York

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Maritime paintings from the collection of noted connoisseur Alfred “Fritz” Gold will be auctioned at in the Important Maritime Paintings and Decorative Arts sale to be held at Bonhams New York on January 24.

A veteran of WWII who received a Purple Heart for his bravery, Gold went on to find success in commercial real estate, while becoming a respected historian of both British and American maritime art. Gold maintained residences on both Park Avenue and in Westhampton Beach.

Bonhams will offer more than a dozen pieces from the Gold collection on January 24. Highlights include James Edward Buttersworth’s Schooners from the New York Yacht Club racing in the Narrows, which was painted circa 1870 and shows Fort Wadsworth in the distance (est. $70,000-100,000). The matching Buttersworth composition from the Gold collection, Schooners from the New York Yacht Club reefing off Sandy Hook, will also be offered (est. $60,000-80,000).

Canvases by Samuel Walters, a particular favorite of Gold’s, will also be available, such as The Black “X” Line packet Devonshire off the North Foreland (est. $30,000-50,000). Other artists represented in the collection include John Hughes, Joseph Heard and Carl Justus Harmer Fedeler.

“Fritz Gold was a well-known collector with a discerning eye. We are very pleased to offer his exceptional collection, which represents a lifetime of appreciation for the genre,” said Bonhams Maritime Consultant, Gregg Dietrich.