Les Trois Garcons collection to see $1.1m at Christie's

Christie's will sell the collection of Les Trois Garcons, the fashionable London restaurant that has long served as a celebrity destination, on March 5 in London.

Les Trois Garcons
The trio not only own the Shoreditch restaurant, but also a chateau in the Vendee

Les Trois Garcons are Michel Lasserre, Hassan Abdullah and Stefan Karlsson, three friends who bought a Victorian pub in Shoreditch, London as their home, before opening the ground floor as a fine dining restaurant. They continue to live in the top two floors.

The restaurant has welcomed names such as Madonna, Kate Moss, Damien Hirst, Ronnie Wood and Yoko Ono.

The collection, which features art, sculptures, lights and decorative interior items, is mainly comprised of pieces from the trio's chateau in the Vendee, as well as their private home. It is expected to make up to £700,000 ($1.1m), with estimates ranging from £500 ($833) to £80,000 ($133,322).

Each of the properties owned by Les Trois Garcons is known for oddball opulence

The highlight of the sale will be Jonathon Wateridge's Constitution, a monumental piece created in 2005 that was acquired by Les Trois Garcons following the landmark exhibition of Wateridge works at the David Risley Gallery in Denmark in 2006. It is valued at £50,000-80,000 ($83,326-$133,322).

All the properties owned by Les Trois Garcons are noted for their luxurious and unusual interior design, which is described by Time Out as "a paean to decorative excess."

"Crystal chandeliers hang from the ceiling interspersed with rows of vintage handbags, while stuffed animals perch on the bar or crane from walls, swathed in costume jewellery," the publication continues.

This is reflected in the sale, with a French plaster model of a chimpanzee from the early 20th century, estimated at £2,500-4,000 ($4,166-6,666), selling alongside a Roman gold-painted eagle that was "almost certainly" a prop from 1963's Cleopatra at £700-1,000 ($1,166-1,666).

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