all 975 lots sold up to four times their estimates, 2500 bidders from 72 countries… dispersion on both days of the sale, in Paris, the ultimate art collection of Pierre Bergé, has been sold for € 27.5 million (with costs), announced on Thursday that the house Sotheby s. passed away on September 8, 2017 at the age of 86 years, the French businessman, among the great collectors of his time, shared his life between the four residences: a mansion in paris, a dacha in Normandy, a mas in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence and the Villa Mabrouka in Tangier.
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Madison Cox, husband and sole legatee of Pierre Bergé, has put on sale Tuesday and Wednesday, the whole of the furniture that decorated these homes. “I do not believe in possession. Art has always been, for me and Yves (Saint Laurent), in transit. Everything must fly one day”, had entrusted Pierre Bergé in Figaro a few weeks before his disappearance. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of exception is aimed at the Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent, and the Fondation Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech.
“The final chapter of the last of the major sales Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent closes with several world records. Yves Saint Laurent said ”One day, we will talk about a taste Bergé”. The triumph of this sale attests to the correctness,” said Madison Cox, in a press release.
The works of the orientalists have been among the most hotly contested with three world records for the artists Charles Knighton Warren, Jean-Jules-Antoine Lecomte du Noüy and Charles-Émile-Hippolyte Lecomte-Vernet. the gate of The seraglio, souvenir of Cairo of Jean-Jules-Antoine Lecomte du Noüy has reached 2.4 million euros, four times the high estimate. The Louvre Museum has preempted to 369.000 euros (three times the estimate) a painting commissioned Antoine-Jean Gros in 1821, by Louis Philippe, then duke of Orleans, David playing the harp for king Saul .
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Twelve works of Bernard Buffet, the first companion Pierre Bergé between 1950 and 1958, for the first time on the market, have been contracted for a total amount of 4.4 million euros, three times the high estimate. On the design side, a mirror in bronze by Claude Lalanne specially commissioned for the villa in Tangier, has reached 909.000€.
Man of all the arts, Pierre Bergé, had also gathered a fine collection of nearly 40 african masks which reached 712.300 euros against a high estimate of 135,000 euros. On the 14th of December, still in Paris, Sotheby’s will be the fourth installment of the sale of the personal library of Pierre Bergé with a miscellany of books and manuscripts from the Fifteenth to the Twentieth century. In 2009, Pierre Bergé had dispersed a large collection of art composed during a half-century with Yves Saint Laurent. This “sale of the century” was reported more than 373 million euros.