The highlight of the online auction for the estate of the late Lexington restaurateur Lucie Slone Meyers is expected to be an original Henry Faulkner painting that features — in traditional Faulkner style — musical instruments and lemons.
In addition to the original art by the Lexington artist, there are more personal pieces. Like a pinkish piece of art, heavy and rectangular. There’s a note on the back, wishing Meyers well “on the occasion of her 40th birthday” on March 25, 1984. The piece is by artist and longtime a la Lucie restaurant waiter Louis Bickett.
Meyers died in July at age 68 after a battle with lung cancer. Caswell Prewitt Realty Inc. is having the sale which begins Tuesday morning.
Many of the items are likely to draw bids because of the nostalgia associated with Meyers, a beloved presence in Lexington restaurants and community life for decades.
The nude painting that hung over the bar at a la Lucie is likely to draw interest among patrons who grew fond of it during their visits.
But her taste for collecting, informed by her love of travel, was eclectic. Dave Diederich, who works for Mount Sterling-based Caswell Prewitt, describes the items being cataloged as “eclectic bohemian gypsy ... as eclectic a collection as we’ve ever seen.”
“Lucie was so diverse,” Prewitt said.
In no particular order, Meyers’ High Street house (which has already sold) includes a taxidermied boar, an elk and a deer; Chinese silks and porcelain; Native American home goods; Mexican window hangings; a case full of black porcelain cats; a framed antique Pirelli ad; a preserved spiny blowfish; abstract paintings, representational paintings; a cookbook collection; an authentic Currier & Ives print; framed jodhpurs; and a mermaid bottle opener.
Other items are simply the stuff of memories: menus and wine lists from a la Lucie, a recipe for “angry chicken,” and matchbooks from Meyers’ restaurants: a la Lucie, Pacific Pearl and Roy & Nadine’s. Before her death, Meyers launched her final restaurant, The Red Light Lounge, at North Limestone and Loudon Avenue.
A golden Indian statue sits on one side of Meyers’ staircase, the beaded form of a woman on the other. Meyers’ brother Jamie Bates said the life-size statue probably cost his sister more to ship home than it was worth.
But that’s how Meyers made her life a piece of art: putting a value on things that interested her. She didn’t have one style: She embraced everything from a vintage marijuana shipping bag to a giant stuffed mermaid doll to Chinese shadow boxes to books that include the title “Welcome to Jesusland! Shocking Tales of Depravity, Sex and Sin.”
Diederich said one item that he thought was quintessential Lucie was a pair of stilettos. And these are not just any sky-high shoe: They’re encrusted with seashells.
Meyers was an artist herself and loved the company of other artists and actors. The late Irish poet Seamus Heaney ate at la Lucie, as did writers Stephen King and the late Sam Shepherd. Her home is uniquely Lucie: a little Auntie Mame, a dash of Jimmy Buffett and a few scoops of “Beetlejuice.”
When she died, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray said that Meyers “loved and understood what’s special and unique about Lexington.”
Some of that died with her. Some resides in the people she loved. Some pieces of it will soon be available to you and me.
To see items in the online auction from the estate of Lucie Slone Meyers, go to Caswellprewittrealty.com.