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Sondheim Collection up for auction

An auction of Sondheim's personal collection is scheduled to take place in New York on Tuesday, 18 June 2024 at 10am. Over 200 lots of memorabilia, furnishings, antique puzzles and more have been sourced from his Manhattan townhouse and Connecticut country home.

From the auction house, Doyle:

NEW YORK, NY -- Doyle is honored to auction the Collection of Stephen Sondheim on Tuesday, June 18, 2024 at 10am. The lyricist of West Side Story and Gypsy and composer/lyricist of Company, Follies, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George and Into the Woods, among many others, Stephen Sondheim was the twentieth century's most brilliant and influential contributor to American musical theater. Fans of Mr. Sondheim’s musicals and collectors alike will delight at the memorabilia within the auction, from his gold record for West Side Story to his custom-embroidered asylum coat from Sweeney Todd.

In addition to professional accomplishments, Mr. Sondheim was a sophisticated collector. He lived among antiques and curiosities of the Victorian and Edwardian eras and assembled an unparalleled collection of early puzzles, games, rebuses, coin-operated machines and ephemera that reflected his endlessly inquisitive mind. 

The public is invited to the exhibition on view from June 14 through 17 at Doyle, located at 175 East 87th Street in New York. Select highlights will tour Doyle’s regional galleries during the month of May. The auction catalogue will be available on May 20 at

Highlights from the collection:

Twelve highlights from the Sondheim collection up for auction

Two excellent items of Stephen Sondheim's personal Sweeney Todd memorabilia. The lot includes a long white asylum coat embroidered Mr. Fogg's Private Asylum for the Mentally Deranged / S. Sondheim and a Sweeney Todd "letterman"style jacket.


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