The Sam Wagstaff Collection of American Silver, sold by Robert Mapplethorpe, Christie’s, 135-Page catalogue, 1989.


Size: 8 x 10 inches

“The Sam Wagstaff Collection of American Silver is the culmination of the extraordinary collecting career of one of the art market’s most charismatic figures… Just after the sale of the photographs (to the Getty Museum), Wagstaff became passionately interested in American silver of the 19th century. One of the few private collectors to appreciate the wildly eclectic designs of the Victorian period.”

Christie's Robert Mapplethorpe Sam Wagstaff


Letters and Ephemera: Anne MacDonald, Sam Wagstaff, Robert Mapplethorpe

The connection between Anne MacDonald (1942 – 2018) and Sam Wagstaff (1921 – 1987) dates back to the early 1970s when she was on the Board of Trustees at the Detroit Institute of Art where he was a curator. Despite her title, MacDonald was still in her 20s and…