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2014's auction featured 33 items from the estate of art enthusiast H. Marc Moyens. Moyens opened Gallery Marc in 1969 in Washington, D.C., as part of the city's first "gallery row" on P Street Northwest. He later opened Gallery K with his partner, Komei Wachi in 1975, which bucked current trends by focusing on photorealism and surrealism at a time when the Washington Color School was favored.
In 2010, the
Washington City Paper noted that Moyens and Wachi loved art as much as they loved each other: "They owned more art than could fit on the walls of their Alexandria home." Walter Hopps curated an exhibition of Moyens' collection at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in 1969. The exhibition received mixed reviews with one writer describing the work as "creepy and menacing." The couple's collection was not shown again until 2006 when the American University Museum organized a show titled, "Remembering Marc and Komei." By this time, the tone of art critics had changed and they embraced the provocative content.