One month after Claire’s death in 1997, her studio assistant and personal confidant, Stefan, invited me to her home and studio in Venice, California to look in “Claire’s Box”. This amazing trove, her personal collection, formed the foundation of the brilliant exhibition of her jewelry at the Long Beach Museum of Art in 2004. When the exhibition closed, I was asked by her estate to find collectors and institutions to acquire these rare masterworks. Lot 135 was included in that exhibition.
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