At age 89, Dick Button has decided it is time to part with many fabulous pieces that form part of his vast collection.

The Dick button Skating Collection, a diverse mix of paintings, prints, posters, sculptures, costumes, and folk art that honor the long history of skating will go under the hammer on Jan. 25 and 26. Collectors and investors from all walks of life will have the opportunity to bid on more than 90 items that form part of the auction, which also includes artwork and one-of-a-kind furniture pieces.

“I want to sell my apartment in New York City, but I can’t do that with all the things that are there. So I am selling a number of items to be able to do that,” said Button who began collecting skating memorabilia in 1947.

“I went to Stockholm for the World Championships and Cecile von Mendelsohn-Bartholdy, the wife of Gillis Grafström, offered me her entire collection. My father said he would buy it for me if I would like it but I said, ‘what would I do with all those things?’ So she gave me one Dutch tile from the 18th century – I now have 31 of them. She also gave me a print and I was so fond of it I started collecting.”

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