Actor Peter Ustinov was a UNICEF ambassador, was considered a jack of all trades – and loved art. In a live auction, Sotheby’s is selling a number of objects and memorabilia from the estate.
The private collection of actor Peter Ustinov (1921-2004), best known as Emperor Nero in the Hollywood epic Quo Vadis and as detective Hercule Poirot in a series of Agatha Christie films, will be auctioned in Paris in July. That shared that Auction house Sotheby’s on Tuesday in Cologne. In addition to art objects from Ustinov’s homes in France and Switzerland, works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Félix Vallotton, Natalya Goncharova, Alexander and Nadia Bernois, as well as a selection of old master drawings, memorabilia and annotated screenplays would also be auctioned. There will be a live auction on July 6th in Paris and an online auction from June 30th to July 7th.
Ustinov, who was also a UNICEF ambassador, was enormously popular, especially in Germany. As a linguistic genius and cosmopolitan, he was at home in a wide variety of cultures. He was conceived in St. Petersburg, born in London and baptized in Schwäbisch Gmünd, he liked to tell. The father was a press attaché at the German Embassy in London until he fell out with Hitler’s Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop and became an English spy. Ustinov once recalled: “If someone wanted to be nice to me at school, then he would tell me: ‘My father always says that the German trenches in the war were much cleaner than the French ones.” Then I had to admit that my mother was French.” (dpa)
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