YVES SAINT LAURENT-PIERRE BERGE COLLECTION: The Sale of the Century
Text by Francoise de Ricqles and Christine de Nicolay-Mazery
In February 2009, 733 pieces from the Pierre Berge and Yves Saint Laurent's art collection- one of the largest private art collections in the world- was auctioned off in a record-breaking sale of the century. Modern paintings, baroque bronzes, antique silverware and statutes, cameos and minerals comprise this diverse collection which furnished Berge's and Saint Laurent's two luxurious residences in Paris. Also included were major art works by Picasso, Brancusi, Matisse, Klee and Mondrian. Many works sold for prices far above the highest estimates, making this the most importatnt auction of a private collection to date.
The five-volume catalogue published by Christie's for the event sold out before the end of the auction... leaving many collectors and art enthusiasts the world over empty-handed. Thankfully, Flammarion presents a new volume featuring photographs of this fabulous collection, highlighting 100 of the most important piecees with detailed commentary by Christie's experts, including estimated values and final auction prices.
This visually stunning volume with lush photos arrives in a fine slipcase and is a must-have for all art lovers and serious collectors.