A Leger and Saint Laurent's last car for grabs in second YSL sale

PARIS - A Fernand Leger painting and Yves Saint Laurent's last Mercedes-Benz automobile and Hermes luggage go on sale in November in a second smaller auction of the YSL-Pierre Berge collection, one of the world's great private collections.
In comparison to the record-smashing 700-item February sale, which fetched 342.5 million euros (491.9 million dollars) in the biggest private art sale in history, works under the hammer from November 17 to 19 are estimated at between three million and four million euros, Christie's said Monday.

A Leger and Saint Laurent's last car for grabs in second YSL sale
Like the first auction, proceeds from the 1,200 items are to benefit HIV research and the fight against AIDS, said the auctioneers, who are organising the three-day sale in conjunction with Berge's own auction house.
Most of the works on auction are from the pair's country hideaway in Normandy, a three-storey place with a sea view built in 1874 for wealthy Americans that the two redecorated to evoke writer Marcel Proust's "In Search of Lost Time."
Two chandeliers from the house -- one a 34-branched 19th century Dutch creation, the other in bronze -- are estimated at between 50,000 and 70,000 euros apiece.
An early 16th century Chinese Ming Fahua basin is expected to fetch between 40,000 and 60,000 euros, only a fraction of the 15.7 million euros (20,3 million dollars) bid for two disputed Chinese relics at the February sale.
Amid China's wrath, the bronze rabbit and rat heads, which British and French forces stole from China's imperial Summer Palace towards the end of the Second Opium War, went to a mystery bidder who never paid up.
Some items up for grabs at the follow-up sale are from the up-market Paris home of Saint Laurent, who died aged 71 in June last year.
The most expensive is a 1950 Fernand Leger gouache estimated at between 80,000 and 120,000 euros.
Other mementoes from the king of couture include his black 2007 S-class Mercedes-Benz for 30,000 to 50,000 euros, three Hermes suitcases in crocodile leather at 4,000 to 6,000 euros and 10 of his signature jewels kept in his bedroom from 800 euros each.

Monday, August 10th 2009

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