Second Yves Saint Laurent sale nets €8.9m



2015-06-26 11:44:21

Second Yves Saint Laurent sale nets 8.9m

At 109k the 'most valuable umbrella stand in the world' was an unlikely highlight at the Paris auction

A second auction of art, furniture and other possessions from the collection of the late fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Berg has raised 8.9m at Christie's.

Ninety-eight percent of over 1,200 works offered at the November 17-20 sale found buyers, according to the auctioneers.

Equinox by Joan Mir (1893-1983) Equinox by Joan Mir (1893-1983)

The couple built up one of the world's biggest and most private art collections over five decades.

Highlights included a set of 19th century armchairs which brought 241,000.

An unexpected hit was the sale of an umbrella holder which formerly stood in the entrance of Saint Laurent and Berge's Paris apartment. It smashed its 300-500 estimate, selling for an impressive 109,000.

It is thought to be a world record price for an umbrella stand.

Christie's has yet to publish the auction results. Highlights included a Gothic revival walnut set late 19th-early 20th century chair and artworks by Joan Mir, Frantisek Kupka and Fernand Leger.

The first sale, held in February, raised almost $550m - one of the biggest auctions Paris has seen. Proceeds from each sale will go to an AIDS research charity.

Image: Christie's

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