9782080301307

The Yves Saint Laurent Pierre Berge Collection

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    9782080301307

  • ISBN10:

    2080301306

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-11-17
  • Publisher: Flammarion
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In February 2009, 733 pieces from Pierre Berge's and Yves Saint Laurent's art collectionone of the world's largest private collectionswas auctioned off in a record-breaking sale of the century. Modern paintings, baroque bronzes, antique silverware, statues, cameos, and minerals comprise this diverse collection that furnished the pair's two luxurious residences in Paris, and included major works by Picasso, Brancusi, Matisse, Mondrian, in addition to furniture by the Art Deco masters Eileen Gray and Jean Dunand. Many works sold for prices far exceeding the highest estimates. The five-volume catalog published by Christie's for the event sold out before the end of the auction, leaving collectors and art connoisseurs the world over empty-handed. This new book features one hundred of the most important pieces from the collection with detailed commentary by Christie's experts. An introduction by Christie's vice president Francois de Ricqles revisits the intense three-day auction at the Grand Palais. An appendix includes images of the works sold, accompanied by their estimated values and final auction prices. Publication coincides with the auction of the collection from their Chateau Gabriel property in November 2009.

Author Biography

François de Ricqlès is vice president of Christie’s France and was director of this sale in collaboration with Pierre Bergé Associates. Christiane de Nicolay-Mazery is an art director at Christie’s France and is the author of French Interiors: The Art of Elegance, and other fine design books.

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