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Christie’s to Offer the Art Collection of Van Cliburn

One of Texas’s favorite sons, world-acclaimed pianist Van Cliburn, will offer over 150 exceptional works from his personal collection at Christie’s New York. Reflecting Mr. Cliburn’s refined taste and the private passion of a sophisticated connoisseur, the collection comprises historically important and rare examples of English furniture and silver, Russian Art, a country where he remains revered today, and Jewels. With estimates ranging from US$1,000 to US$250,000, the total sale is expected to achieve in excess of US$3 million.

Christie’s is the world’s leading art business and the parent company of Christie’s International Real Estate, the only luxury network wholly owned by an art auction house. Celebrating this synergy between art and real estate, Christie’s and Allie Beth Allman & Associates, the exclusive Affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate in Dallas, will be hosting a special event on April 25, by invitation only, to celebrate the sale of this iconic Texan’s collection.

Van Cliburn said: “From the beginning of my concert life, I would spend my earnings from performances searching for something beautiful of timeless quality to remember different concerts in various cities. I have always found throughout my life that beauty raises your consciousness and provides incalculable inspiration. I hope that some of the beauty that has inspired me for decades will find others who appreciate them as much as I always have.”

Capera Ryan, Senior Vice President and Managing Director for Christie’s and based in Dallas, says: “Van Cliburn is recognized as a musical icon around the globe. It is a great honor for Christie’s to offer the superb works of art he has collected over his lifetime. We are equally honored to celebrate him in his home state of Texas, not only for his professional achievements but also for his exquisite taste and keen eye for art, as evidenced by this astounding collection.”

“As the exclusive affiliate for Christie’s in the Dallas area, we are excited to recognize a friend and icon – Van Cliburn. His collector’s taste equals his musical talent. He has an unerring sense of style and classic beauty, whether in silver, furniture, or art. Many of our clients are eager to preview samples from Van’s marvelous collectibles which he has acquired for several decades. We know this will be an historic event as well as fun,” said Allie Beth Allman, President, Allie Beth Allman & Associates.

Christie’s International Real Estate is a carefully selected organization of luxury real estate specialists spanning 40 countries. Brokerages are invited to join only after demonstrating passionate expertise in luxury real estate, proven records of success in high-end property sales, and exemplary client service.

“No other luxury real estate network can offer this level of marketing synergy with such an esteemed international brand,” says Clayton Andrews, Senior Vice President of Christie’s International Real Estate. “This is what sets our organization apart from the competition.”

Van Cliburn is one of America’s greatest pianists ever and a persuasive ambassador for American culture. Since his historic 1958 victory at the first International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, Mr. Cliburn has reached across political frontiers with his universal message of beautiful music. In that same year, he appeared on the cover of Time Magazine who billed him “The Texan Who Conquered Russia.” Raised in Kilgore, Texas, Van Cliburn was twelve years of age when he made his orchestral debut with the Houston Symphony Orchestra and today remains one of the state’s most revered musicians.

Allie Beth Allman & Associates

Since 1985, the name Allie Beth Allman has been synonymous with high end quality and superior customer service. Today, Allie Beth Allman & Associates is recognized as the most productive single office company in Texas and now, with over 310 top producing agents, is one of the fastest growing residential brokerages in North Texas.

2011 proved to be another strong year for the company in spite of the weakened national economy. Based on current MLS data, the company leads all other single office competitors in the Park Cities and Preston Hollow/North Dallas areas in Number of Sales, Dollar Volume of Sales, Number of $1 Million+ Sales and Dollar Volume of $1 Million+ Sales. This is also true across Dallas County. Allie Beth Allman & Associates also leads in listings in the same areas and categories.

The company has also grown its exposure and strength of position in East Dallas and Lakewood, currently ranked in the Top 3 of 13 companies in sales and listings. With the company’s current growth in this area, it will be ranked #2 within a few months. Additionally, with the company’s continued growth and expansion into Collin and Tarrant County to include Plano, Frisco, Allen, McKinney and Southlake, the firm continues to build strong relationships and support for its executive clients by extending unparalleled high end quality service to these executive markets.

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Christie’s International Real Estate

Christie’s, originally founded in 1766 by James Christie, pursued an innovative real estate venture in 1995 by acquiring Great Estates, a luxury real estate network founded in 1987. Christie’s International Real Estate is an invitation-only Affiliate network composed of the world’s most proven and qualified real estate specialists. The company has central hubs in London and New York; field offices in Beverly Hills, California, Chicago, Illinois, and Palm Beach, Florida; and circa 120 Affiliates in Europe; North, Central, and South America; and the Caribbean as well as Asia, Africa, and Oceania. In 2011, new Affiliates were signed in Dallas, Texas; Pyrénes-Atlantiques, France; Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa; Highlands, North Carolina; Maui, Hawaii; Lake Tahoe, California; Phoenix, Arizona; the Turks & Caicos; and Toronto, Niagara-on-the-Lake, and Ottawa’s Rockcliffe Park, all in Ontario, Canada.

For additional information about Christie’s International Real Estate, please contact Lisa Bessone, Vice President—Global PR and Communications, at +1 505 216 1414 or visit

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