Items from Nuuanu's 'Marks Estate' to be auctioned off

Items from Nuuanu's 'Marks Estate' to be auctioned off

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - It is on the national register of historic places.  Soon, it will be on the market.  The owner of the Marks Estate in Nuuanu is facing foreclosure, and has been told to vacate the premises by the end of May.

Saturday, May 24, there will be a public auction of some of his belongings starting at 10am.

"This in the corner is something we're highlighting, which is a set of dishes that belonged to Steven Spielberg" said Alicia Brandt of Oahu Auctions, as she gave us a tour of the property.

The mansion is in a state of disrepair.  Various belongings are scattered about, as some are about to be packed on stored, while others prepare for new owners.

Doug Himmelfarb, the current owner, is an art collector.  He cedes that he'll likely be gone soon, but he allows for hope.

"Unless some miracle happens, and miracles do happen, I don't know" he said.

Despite owning items that once belonged to the rich and famous, Himmelfarb is hanging his hopes on a single piece of art of his to save the day.

"It is his seminal work" he says of his Mark Rothko painting titled EX No.7.

Himmelfarb says it could be worth $20-30 million dollars.

There's only one problem.  He's been fighting to prove its authenticity for years.  Himmefarb says that almost since he bought the piece for $319.50 in 1987, his 'adversaries' in the art world have tried to deny the paintings validity.

Doug says he's built enough proof over the years to verify that it's real.  Still, he admits, finding a buyer under such a tight timeline will be difficult.  If it does happen, his plans are simple.

"Pay off Ka Haina, curl up on the rug, and stay in my home".

To view items from the auction, click HERE.

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