Thirty-six impressionist and modern paintings from the estate of Henry Ford II will be sold at auction on Nov. 12, Sotheby's auction house has announced. The sale will include major works by Cezanne, Miro, Modigliani, Chagall and Matisse, and is expected to fetch more than $50 million. Along with the artworks from the estate itself, a painting by Renoir, "The Cup of Chocolate," from the Ford family collection will also be on the auction block, and is expected to bring in at least $15 million. Ford, the grandson of automobile magnate Henry Ford, was vice chairman of Sotheby's from 1960 to 1980; he died in 1987.
Big Blues Bash
John Lee Hooker, the 73-year-old bluesman who won a Grammy Award for the song "I'm in the Mood" and performed with Bonnie Raitt on his 1989 release "The Healer," will be the guest of honor at a Madison Square Garden concert tomorrow night to benefit the Delta Blues Museum. The all-star blues affair is scheduled to include performances by Willie Dixon, Bo Diddley, Gregg Allman, Albert Collins and Al Kooper.
In explaining his longtime appeal, Hooker credits the music: "If you're feeling low, the blues pick you up like a spirit. The blues are hot. They're being appreciated the way they should have been appreciated a long time ago." RFK Golf Tourney
On Friday they'll be teeing off for a good cause in Hyannis Port, Mass. The first Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Golf Tournament will benefit the RFK Memorial, which administers four programs: the RFK Book Awards, the RFK Journalism Awards, the RFK Human Rights Awards and the RFK Center for Human Rights. Scheduled to be among the 120 participants are celebrity golfers Frank Gifford, Dinah Shore, Alan Shepard, James Woods, Bruce Jenner and O.J. Simpson, one of whom can be in your foursome if you pony up $10,000.
In her announcement of the event, Robert Kennedy's widow, Ethel Kennedy, said: "The tournament ... will help continue the causes he cared about, including human rights the world over and a better life for those living in our own backyard."
Life After Jackson
Frank Dileo, Michael Jackson's personal manager for five years before being unceremoniously dumped in 1989, has found enjoyment in his new career as an actor, according to the Oct. 22 issue of People magazine. He plays the part of a Mafia heavy in Martin Scorsese's latest, "GoodFellas," and says, "When you see yourself for the first time on a movie screen, all you see are the imperfections. I thought, 'God, am I that fat?' But the second time, I enjoyed it." The man who moved up from record retailer to one of the most powerful men in the biz says he still "hurts plenty" from his unexplained dismissal. He recalls times from Jackson's years of unparalleled success when the singer would ask: "Why do they call Elvis the King? Why don't they call me the King?"
"I'd have to explain," says Dileo.
Travel is getting hard for tenor Luciano Pavarotti, a man of legendary proportions. His contract for an appearance in Knoxville, Tenn., this weekend calls for a hotel room without stairs, and a golf cart to get him from his limousine to his dressing room and back.