THE avant garde art collection of the international Alzheimer’s Association founder and Chicago businessman Jerome H. Stone will be offered at Sotheby’s in New York this spring. There are modern works by artists including Fernand Léger, Alberto Giacometti, Joan Miró, Juan Gris and Marc Chagall. Assembled with his wife Evelyn in the 1950’s and ’60’s the collection is drawn exclusively from leading dealers of the day, including Pierre Matisse and Sidney Janis. It has been unseen in public for more than 40 years. The works, estimated at more than $40 million, will be offered across a series of sales. Highlights will be at Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art evening sale on May 5.
Following the diagnosis of his wife Evelyn in 1970 Jerome Stone brought visibility to a disease that was virtually undiscussed at the time. This commitment led to the creation of the Alzheimer’s Association in 1979.