January 29, 2018 at 10:30 am EST | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Jim Graham estate auction set for Feb. 3
Jim Graham, gay news, Washington Blade

Some of the items available from Jim Graham’s estate that are currently on display. (Blade photo by Lou Chibbaro Jr.)

More than 1,000 historically or artistically significant objects ranging from antique furniture and pottery to male figurative paintings that belong to the estate of the late gay D.C. Council member Jim Graham will be available at auction on Feb. 2 at the Sloans & Kenyon auction house in Chevy Chase, Md.

Stephanie A. Kenyon, president of Sloans & Kenyon, said the Graham estate objects have been on display at the auction house gallery at 7034 Wisconsin Ave. in Chevy Chase since Saturday, Jan. 27 and will remain on display until the Feb. 2 auction.

She said a second auction for additional items of the voluminous Graham estate will take place in March. Among the items up for auction in March will be Graham’s car, an extensive collection of black and white photos, and the bowties that he wore to work at the D.C. Council that became his trademark.

A description of the Graham estate items up for auction on Feb. 3, which are listed in a catalogue released by Sloans & Kenyon, include “Bronzes and Other Sculptures, Paintings and Prints, Extensive Collection of Arts and Crafts Movement Furniture, Lamps and Accessories by Roycroft and others, Ceramics including Vintage Decorative Tiles, and Other Decorative Items, Documents, Collection Vintage Bookends, Advertising, Oddities and Unusualia.”

Among the numerous framed oil paintings and drawings from the Graham collection on display this week at Sloans & Kenyon are male nudes that Kenyon said fall into the category of erotic art.

“He had such an eye for imaginative originals,” said Kenyon, who noted that she first inspected many of the objects when invited by Graham’s family members to visit Graham’s seven-room condo in the Ontario, a Beaux Arts apartment building in Adams Morgan, where Graham lived for many years.

Graham served as executive director of the then Whitman-Walker Clinic before winning election to the Ward 1 D.C. Council seat in 1998. He served on the Council until 2015.

A description and photos of some of the Graham estate items can be accessed here.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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