Hundreds of artworks and antiques from estate of La Jollan David Copley at auction this weekend

Hundreds of fine art works and antiques from the estate of the late La Jolla newspaper publisher David C. Copley — each with estimated values of between $5,000 and $35,000 — will be displayed this weekend as part of an online auction conducted by A.N. Abell Auction Company in Los Angeles.

Up for auction are paintings such as Hovsep Pushman’s

Shadows on an Ancient Wall

; Norman Rockwell’s study for

You’ve Got to Be Kidding

; and Eugène Boudin’s pastel

Les Voiliers


Furniture and decorative arts from Copley’s properties, including Fox Hill and Fox Hole in La Jolla, and homes in downtown San Diego, Borrego Springs and Chicago, include an Italian Baroque walnut commode; an Italian Baroque carved walnut console in the form of an American Indian; and a pair of George II concertina-action games tables.

The estate’s design collection includes a Majorelle marquetry bedroom suite; a pair of Tiffany Studios bronze and Linen Fold floor lamps; an Abalone desk set; and Zodiac Turtleback desk lamp.

Other items include a Tiffany & Co. sterling beverage tray; a Georg Jensen sterling silver flatware set, autographed guest books once belonging to Hollywood celebrities Roland Young and Hedda Hopper; and a collection of Halston fashion sketches.

Items may be previewed Wednesday, May 15 through Saturday, May 19 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at 2613 Yates Avenue in Los Angeles.  For an illustrated catalogue, visit

  1. Bidding is at


David Copley was president and owner owner of the San Diego


newspaper (now

U-T San Diego

), and a leading philanthropist in the San Diego arts community before his death earlier this year. He sold the newspaper several years ago. It is currently owned by La Jolla resident and developer Doug Manchester.

—Staff Reports

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