Ahlers & Ogletree’s May 16th Auction Featured the Bridget and Jerome Dobson Fine Art Collection



It was the auction of the Bridget and Jerome Dobson collection. The two collected fine art and wrote episodes for popular daytime soap operas. The sale was held online and live in the Atlanta gallery.

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Atlanta, GA, USA, May 29, 2024 — A signed 1980 tempera on Masonite painting by Marc Chagall soared to $199,700, a 1929 gouache and watercolor on Arches paper signed by Raoul Dufy realized $78,700, and an oil on canvas laid to board signed by Ludwig Bemelmans finished at $57,500 at an auction of the Bridget and Jerome Dobson collection held May 16th by Ahlers & Ogletree, online and live in the Atlanta gallery.

All prices quoted in this report include a 21 percent buyer’s premium.

In addition to Chagall, Dufy and Bemelmans, the Dobson collection featured many other luminaries in the fine art world, names like David Hockney, Pablo Picasso, Carlos Nadal and Georges Braque. The auction attracted around 30 people to the event, as well as 29 phone bidders who placed 88 phone bids. Other items in addition to the artwork were offered, but the paintings were the undisputed headliners.

Since the 1970s, the duo of Bridget and Jerome Dobson had written award-winning episodes of several iconic daytime TV soap operas, including General Hospital, Guiding Light, As the World Turns and Santa Barbara. Between writing sessions, the couple collected rare, amazing art on their travels around the world. It all came up for bid in the May 16th auction. In all, the art and other items totaled 201 lots.

As expected, it was the French/Russian artist Marc Chagall (1887-1985) who sat atop the list of top achievers. His 1980 tempera on Masonite titled Peintre, Ange et Amoreaux (Painter, Angel and Lover) carried a lofty estimate and bidders responded in kind. The Dobsons purchased the work at a Sotheby’s auction in 1998. It came with a COA from Jean-Louis Prat, an agent of the Comité Marc Chagall.

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