Second Yves Saint Laurent sale nets £8.9m

A second auction of art, furniture and other possessions from the collection of the late fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé 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 Miró (1893-1983)
Equinox by Joan Miró (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 Miró, 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.


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