In addition to
jewels, Paulette Goddard was a renowned collector of Egyptian and Western Asian antiques, pre-Colombian objects, ancient furniture, oriental rugs, and masterpieces, most notably from the Impressionist period.
She truly began collecting high-value objects with
when they opened, in 1947, an antiques store and an art gallery they named High Tor Associates in New York State. At that time they specialized in English and American antiques from the 17th and 18th century. After a few years they sold the store to the composer Alan Jay Lerner. After their divorce, Burgess either kept or recovered several works of art originally belonging to Paulette, including a sketch by
Jean Cocteau (1936) and a drawing by
Diego Rivera showing two female nudes (1943).
However, it was with
Erich Maria Remarque
, himself a great collector, that Paulette amasses an important and formidable collection. At the time of Erich’s death, Paulette inherited a great fortune and became the owner of numerous works of art including paintings, sketches, and pastels such as
Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Claude Monet, Amedeo Modigliani, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and his friends
, Diego Rivera and
Her art collection has been valued at several million dollars; and it also includes (according to some biographies) several watercolors by composer
, original portraits of Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse, as well as many original books autographed by their authors, including
Aldous Huxley, Clifford Odets, H.G. Wells