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IF THE SHOE FITS: On Wednesday, auction house Bonhams will hold a fine books and manuscripts auction featuring documents by Albert Einstein, pochoir plates by Léon Bakst and a first edition of Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.” Nestled among that inventory is a jewel of a lot for foot fetishists, shoe designers and Imelda Marcos: the early 20th century archives of Munich scholar Karl Friedrich Schoensiegel, which include a slew of paintings, transparencies, manuscripts and research books, all shoe-related.
The highlight of the collection? 277 watercolors, all by Schoensiegel, which are divvied up by location and era. There are illustrations of ancient Chinese slippers, 15th century Venetian platforms, high heels from Damascus and Assyrian flats covered in amulets — not to mention plenty of riding boots, pumps and royal footwear. “The archival value is so great,” noted Bonhams specialist Christina Geiger. “The hope is that this goes to someone who could publish or exhibit it.” Also included in the lot, which is expected to fetch anywhere from $40,000 to $60,000: two pairs of vintage shoes from Bally and Saks Fifth Avenue as well as a smaller, more erotic collection of clippings. “Of course, by our standards,” added Geiger of the latter, “they’re reasonably tame.”