A man living in the historic Clarence Cook Residence known as the Marks Estate in Nu'uanu is losing his home to foreclosure. So, everything inside is up for auction.
The estate was built in 1932 for the heir to the Castle and Cooke fortune.
Art collector Douglas Himmelfarb has an historic house and an extensive art collection, but now he says:
"This all has to go."
It's a collection he's spent YEARS amassing.
"We've got French antiquities, carved things from Thailand, Paul Mitchell's armoire, Chinese armor, exquisite Japanese coiziney," said Himmelfarb.
There's also a Persian rug, black lacquer panel with semi-precious stones and a Kiyoshi Saito painting-hand signed. He also has some items that once belonged to famous movie director Steven Spielberg.
Himmelfarbs says he's been collecting since 8-years-old. He learned his craft from a couple who owned an antique store in Maryland.
"They would teach me about hallmarks on silver and they would teach me about art work and inclusions and gemstones and things to look for. They were my mentors," said Himmelfarb.
Some antique hand-painted porcelain he says should sell for up to $8,000, but there are more affordable crystals for $30 dollars apiece.
Himmelfarb says when the economy tanked in 2008, he struggled financially and ever since then, he hasn't been able to recover
"I was over leveraged. I had equity in my house, but was not able to refinance through the bank. They refused all of my efforts. That's why I'm here," said Himmelfarb.
Himmelfarb claims to have an original Mark Rothko painting worth up to $40 million. He's dedicated the last 27 years to proving it's authentic in order to sell it.
With funds generated from the auction Himmelfarb hopes to hire a lawyer to show how people have stone-walled him in the authentication process.
The auction will be held May 24 at 3860 Old Pali Road.
It kicks off at 10 a.m., but buyers can preview items as early as 9 a.m.