Hundreds of items up for auction at historic Nuuanu estate

Photos: Oahu Auctions
Photos: Oahu Auctions

The resident of sprawling Nuuanu estate will be auctioning off hundreds of items next weekend.

The auction will take place Saturday, May 24, at 10 a.m. at the Clarence H. Cooke Residence, also known as the Marks Estate, on Old Pali Rd.

Items range from antique furniture and paintings to Sub-Zero & Wolf appliances and power tools. Among the standouts: a 30-foot pagoda, framed 10-foot red brocade silk wall hangings, a vintage popcorn machine and dishes that once belonged to Steven Spielberg.

Owner Douglas Himmelfarb is a lifelong collector who amassed most of the artwork and furniture pieces through inheritance, various estate auctions and antique shops throughout the U.S.

Himmelfarb was recently profiled by the Wall Street Journal for owning what is believed to be an original painting by 20th-century artist Mark Rothko. The much-debated piece, which could be worth as much as $40 million if authenticated, will not be for sale.

The auction will be free and open to the public. It will be conducted by Oahu Auctions, the same company that handled items from Japanese billionaire Genshiro Kawamoto’s former Kahala properties in November 2013.

Preview a selection of the items online here.

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