Property from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Belz
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers is pleased to present property from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Belz of Memphis, Tennessee, including jade, scholar’s rocks, furniture, snuff bottles, paintings, textiles and early pottery in the March 21-22 Asian Works of Art auction. The collection will be offered on March 21 as lots 1-145.
Jack A. Belz is CEO and Chairman of Belz Enterprises. This four generational multi-faceted company has developed property in many different states and has been synonymous with commercial and residential development in Downtown Memphis and beyond. Upon graduating from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1948, just under three years after he began his education there, Jack returned to his hometown and began developing with his father, Philip Belz, and married his childhood sweetheart, Marilyn Hanover. Their wedding reception took place in the Ballroom of The Peabody Hotel. In July 1975, Jack, along with his father and father-in-law, I. Edwin Hanover, purchased the mortgage to The Peabody Hotel, which at the time was struggling and in foreclosure due to several years of economic decline. He then spent the next six years restoring it to and beyond its original grandeur. Since their reopening of The Peabody in 1981, Jack has worked to build Peabody Place, an enormous mixed-use development encompassing eight city blocks. Belz has also been involved in the development of Harbor Town on Mud Island and the South Bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River, as well as Uptown, a large multi-use project in the vicinity of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
During a trip to Los Angeles in 1968, Jack and Marilyn wandered into an Asian art gallery and have been enthralled with the subject ever since. From that first encounter with the arts of Asia, the couple has continued to acquire objects from around the globe, with a focus on Asian and Judaic art. By the mid-90s, the collection had grown so extensively, and in many different fields of art, that the idea of opening a museum to share their interests with others had blossomed. In 1998, the Peabody Place Museum was founded and opened to the public so Memphians and visitors could enjoy Jack & Marilyn’s collection. The museum, located in the heart of their hometown, has since been renamed the Belz Museum of Asian & Judaic Art.
The catalogue is now online.
Highlights from the sale include: