Life’s Lessons Auctioned

“Auction catalogs can tell you a lot about a person–their passions
and vanities, peccadilloes and aesthetics; their flush years and lean,” says Leanne Shapton. In her latest concoction, Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore
Doolan and Harold Morris, Including Books, Street Fashion, and Jewelry
, an invented auction catalog (pages below),
the 325 lots up for bidding are what remain from the relationship
between Ms. Doolan and Mr. Morris, who is billed as a familiar face on the New York design scene.
    Through photographs of the
couple’s personal jewelry, fine
art, and rare furniture, as well as their pajamas, Post-it
notes, and worn paperbacks, Shapton tells the story of a failed love affair–from first meeting to final separation. It makes you want to cry, and laugh, and cry some more.
    So, what items from your ex would you put on the auction block for the world to see and savor?

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About Steven Heller

Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes frequently for Wired and Design Observer. He is also the author of over 170 books on design and visual culture. He received the 1999 AIGA Medal and is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.

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