Leo Tolstoy's grandson's WWII flight jacket will be part of EstateOfMind's October 3rd auction
The personal World War II flight jacket of Count and Colonel Ilya A. Tolstoy, grandson of the renowned Russian author Leo Tolstoy (War and Peace), plus other items from the estate of Ilya Tolstoy, is expected headliners in the two-session sale.
Ilya A. Tolstoy was an officer with the Office of Strategic Services (CIA) from 1942-1946. The size 42, type A-2 Army Air Force Flying Tigers flight jacket has a China-Burma-
Included with the flight jacket are 29 albums of Ilya A. Tolstoy's top-secret photos for the Office of Strategic Services' China-Burma-
Also from the Tolstoy estate is a large watercolor equestrian-themed scroll titled Dancing Horse, signed by Beihong Xu (Chinese, 1895-1953) with three seal marks and calligraphy. The scroll has an overall size of 80 inches by 25 inches. Beihong Xu (also known as Ju Péon) was famous for his ink paintings of horses and birds and for his huge oil paintings with epic Chinese themes.
Other items from the Ilya Tolstoy estate will be sprinkled across both sessions of the auction. These include important Tibetan bronze Buddha figures Mr. Tolstoy acquired during his travels.
The auction – over 750 lots – will be held outside, under several large open-air tents, on the grounds of EstateOfMind, located at 195 Derby Road in Middletown. "We're mindful of the health and safety of everyone in attendance and will be following strict CDC, state and local regulations and guidelines,"
To learn more about EstateOfMind and the two-session auction planned for Saturday, October 3rd, please visit www.EstateOfMind.biz.