Car, Leger painting up for grabs at second YSL auction

By AFP

June 18, 2010 Updated Aug 10, 2009 at 11:10 AM EST

A Fernand Leger painting and Yves Saint Laurent's own Mercedes Benz and Hermes luggage are to go on sale in November in a second smaller auction of the YSL-Pierre Berge collection, one of the world's great private collections.

By comparison with February's 700 item sale, which raised a record-breaking 342.5 million euros (491.9 million dollars), the works to be auctioned on November 17 to 19 are seen raising three to four million euros, Christie's said.

Like the first sale, which was the biggest private art sale in history, the proceeds will go to HIV research and the fight against AIDS, said the auctioneers who are organising the three-day sale in conjunction with Berge's own auction house.

Most of the works on auction are from the pair's country hideaway in Normandy, a three-storey house with a sea view built in 1874 which was redecorated to evoke Marcel Proust's "In Search of Lost Time."

Two chandeliers from the house -- one a 34-branched 19th century Dutch creation, the other in bronze -- are expected to raise between 50,000 and 70,000 euros each.

An early 16th century Chinese Ming Fahua basin is expected to fetch between 40,000 and 60,000 euros, only a fraction of the 15.7 million euros (20,3 million dollars) bid for two disputed Chinese relics sold in February.

The two Chinese relics, bronze heads of a rabbit and a rat which were stolen by British and French forces from China's imperial Summer Palace towards the end of the Second Opium War, went to a mystery bidder who never paid up.

Some items up for grabs at the follow-up sale are from the up-market Paris home of Saint Laurent, who died aged 71 in June last year.

The most expensive is a 1950 Fernand Leger gouache estimated at between 80,000 and 120,000 euros.

Other mementoes from the king of couture include his black 2007 S-class Mercedes-Benz for 30,000 to 50,000 euros, three Hermes suitcases in crocodile leather at 4,000 to 6,000 euros and 10 of his signature jewels kept in his bedroom from 800 euros each.




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