Yves Saint Laurent's villa to auction at Christie's

Yves Saint Laurent's Villa Mabrouka is known as the House of Luck - and hopefully it will live up to its name when it goes to market at Christie's auction house.

The house is sure to add to the record $484m haul generated at the February auction of the fashion designer's collectables.

Perched on a cliff overlooking the coast of the Spanish region of Andalusia and the Strait of Gibraltar, the 9,688-square-foot Moroccan home represents a collaboration between two of the great French aesthetes of the 20th century.

Laurent, who turned pantsuits and safari jackets into haute couture, and Jacques Grange, the only interior designer ever to receive the Légion d'Honneur, France's highest decoration.

Villa Mabrouka boasts two airy master suites with verandas, three guest rooms, a professional kitchen, a bamboo-lined dining room and an English-club-style library.

The grounds were landscaped by Madison Cox, featuring soaring palms, Italian lemon trees and extensive lawns.

Laurent, who died of brain cancer in June 2008 at the age of 71, owned the home with his lifelong partner, famed French industrialist Pierre Bergé.

It was purchased by Laurent and Bergé in 1998.

Expectations are understandably high for the upcoming sale.

The three-day February auction of 700-plus works the pair collected over 50 years was the richest private collection ever sold at auction.

It also broke records for six artists: Pierre Matisse, Constantin Brancusi, Piet Mondrian, Giorgio de Chirico, Marcel Duchamp and James Ensor.

Christie's also will be holding a second auction of 1,200 artworks collected by the couple in Paris from November 17-19.

 

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