The Art Sale of the Century!

By , February 10, 2009


Yves Saint Laurent in the grand salon of his apartment on Rue de Babylone with model Sibyl Buck, October 27, 1995. They are surrounded by the Surrealist-period Léger painting The Black Profile (1928), sold by the artist’s widow, and Jean Dunand’s 1925 Art Deco brass-and-lacquer vase, among the treasures to be auctioned at the Grand Palais, in Paris, February 23 to 25. By Jean-Marie Perier/From Photos12/Polaris.

The Yves Saint Laurent auction at Christie’s will present one of the premiere art collections of the 20th century. The auction collection has over 700 items and is estimated to be between $300-400 million in value. The photos I have seen of the apartments that Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Berge lived in are filled with amazing pieces that are rarely available to purchase. The items could create their own museum, but instead will go,scattered over the world item by item, to be loved and enjoyed by a lucky few individuals. This auction is destined to heavily influence furnishings and interiors for the next 10 years.

The auction will cover everything from Renaissance decorative arts to Modernist paintings and sculpture. The focus is on 18th century French furniture and arts like this:


to the finest paintings of the 20th century:


The paintings and sculpture collections focused primarily on the Impressionists and Modern artists, including Matisse, Cezanne, Monet and a who’s who of the 20th century including Leger, Duchamp, Picasso, Gauguin, and Giacometti.

Take a moment to go to the ecatalogs section and then you too, will be able to enjoy each of the items in the five catalogs.

I especially like the Decorative Arts catalog, which includes quite rare items, like this rock crystal cup:


How big were those crystals???

The Art Deco furniture collection is representative of the most brilliant designers of the day.

Although in the photos of the apartments, every surface is COVERED with stuff, the insight I have gained from it is that a thoughtful combination of Modernist furniture and art with the Classical styles of the Renaissance, Venetian, Ottoman and neo-Classical can work wonderfully together. It would be a matter of how it is done, not can it be done.


With A LOT of editing, a heavy use of reproductions, and a significant amount of bailout money, you and I could make these diverse styles work too!

All the best to you,



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