The three-day sale of the magnificent Collection of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé at the Grand Palais, offered by Christie’s in association with Pierre Bergé & Associates auctioneers, realised in total €373 935 500 / £332 802 595 / $483 835 144. A remarkable 95.5% of lots sold by lot, and 93% sold by value. This historic sale set a world record for the most valuable private collection sold at auction, was the highest grossing sale in Europe on record, and set multiple world records for Impressionist and Modern Art, 20th Century Decorative Arts, Silver, Sculpture and Works of Art. One of the most exceptional and significant collections of art in private hands, it generated unprecedented interest from bidders throughout the world and pre-sale estimates for both the sale as a whole and the individual works, were significantly exceeded.
Yves Saint Laurent’s art collection set an auction record last night as collectors in Paris defied the economic slump to set new high prices for works by Matisse, Brancusi, Mondrian and Duchamp.
Christie’s International’s first evening of a three-day event fetched 206 200 000 euros ($262 000 000) with fees, the most made at auction for the sale of a private collection.