The contents of Karl Lagerfeld’s eight lavishly furnished houses are up for auction
Karl Lagerfeld was best known for his eccentric style and for leaving money in his will to his beloved cat, Choupette.
Now the contents of the German fashion designer’s eight luxuriously furnished homes in Monaco and France are about to be auctioned off – from the art with which he lived to the objects of his wardrobe.
Also among the prizes will be ‘Choupette’s dishes’ – the beloved red-tipped Burmese cat who shared the last eight years of the creator’s life, âand which he said he would have married if it was. legally possible.
The pampered cat, which he once admitted that he adored so much that she was like a “well-groomed woman”, would have had a bodyguard, a personal chef, two maids who gave him 24-hour care on 24 in his mansion in Paris, and dinners with caviar and smoked salmon.
The contents of Karl Lagerfeld’s eight lavishly furnished homes in Monaco and France are about to be auctioned off – from the artistry he lived with to the items in his wardrobe. Pictured during the 64th Cannes International Film Festival in southern France
Choupette signed, titled and dated 2013 in earthenware by Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro, polychrome enamel, handmade cotton hook. Estimated â¬ 5,000 – â¬ 7,000
Porcelain with raised cane patterns, polychrome decoration of flowers and insects. Estimate: â¬ 6,000 – â¬ 10,000
Two women holding an Athenian in white painted plaster, on a circular terrace. Estimate: â¬ 40,000 – â¬ 60,000 (left). Dom Perignon Venus balloon – Lacquered polyurethane resin (right), bottle of champagne and original box made in 2013 in an edition of 650 plus 40 artist’s proofs. Estimate: â¬ 20,000 – â¬ 30,000 (right)
This ‘goyardine’ coated canvas jewelry trunk is expected to sell for between â¬ 2,000 and â¬ 3,000 at auction.
Louis Due and AndrÃ© Mare desk in lacquered wood, nickel-plated metal and brass. Estimate: â¬ 10,000 – â¬ 15,000
Dior suit jackets, linens and more than 200 pairs of his iconic leather mittens, which he hasn’t stopped wearing for 20 years, will also be auctioned.
After his death in February 2019, Karl Lagerfeld – the Chanel and Fendi titan – loved nothing more than to be a sensation in life.
As surprising and multifaceted as the designer himself, the auctions will offer an anthology of his personal tastes, with over a thousand lots encompassing fine art, design, fashion and personal ephemeral items, illuminating the life of the titan. of fashion as a designer, decorator, photographer and collector.
The sale will also include a selection of other YSL, KL, Comme des GarÃ§ons and Martin Margiela branded suit jackets, as well as an astonishing number of Goyard suitcases.
Two enamelled stoneware punch bowls including one stamped Reinhold Merkelbach, Grenzhausen and numbered 2282B on the reverse. Estimate: â¬ 4,000 – â¬ 6,000
Tokidoki x Karl Lagerfeld Mr Black and White PVC, metal and rhinestones. Estimate: â¬ 200 – â¬ 300 (left). Right: In composite material, group made for the Tiffany Cooper and Karl Lagerfeld capsule collection, mounted on a white base
Chanel bag in black leather, carried in the hand and on the shoulder. It is estimated between 2,000 and 4,000 â¬ at auction
Two pairs of silver cups and a small silver torch from Jensen. Copenhagen. Estimate EUR 1,800 – EUR 2,400 (left). Right: Pair of chromed metal dumbbells marked 5lbs. Estimate: 200 EUR – 300 EUR
Lagerfeld has become his own brand, and his instantly recognizable look is portrayed in Tokidoki and Tiffany Cooper action figures, as well as Fendi key chains and iPhone cases.
Capturing the imagination of the fashion world with his distinctive look and unmistakable presence, he continually rewrote the rulebook, allowing it to always stay relevant and always on the cutting edge of its game.
Artistic director of Fendi from 1965, Chanel from 1983 and ChloÃ© from 1991, before launching his own ready-to-wear house the same year, the designer became the leading figure in the clothing industry. luxury he helped to build.
Lagerfeld was also an insatiable collector with an eclectic eye. In the 1980s, he opted for the playful and colorful design of the Memphis Group, tickled by his humor. He then turned to the French decorative arts of the 18th century, which he considered to be an ideal of elegance and refinement.
Woman’s head in marble and pink marble plinth on a high waxed concrete plinth. Estimate: â¬ 5,000 – â¬ 8,000
‘Langeais’ model glass service signed R.Lalique France including 14 wine glasses, 4 water glasses, 2 champagne flutes, 5 champagne glasses, 4 pourers, 2 carafes. Estimate: â¬ 2,000 – â¬ 3,000
Seizo Sougawara – reindeer in lacquered and gilded wood and eggshells. Estimate: â¬ 10,000 – â¬ 15,000 (left). Right: Set of four silver five-light candle holders by Georg Jensen Copenhagen. The round base, chiseled with facets, the sconces decorated with acanthus leaves and fruits, the barrel surmounted by a ring grip. Estimate: â¬ 8,000 – â¬ 12,000
Pair of Louis Sue and Andre Mare armchairs – covering in black lacquered wood and leather. Estimate: â¬ 8,000 – â¬ 12,000
Louis Sue and Andre mare side table. Estimate: â¬ 1,000 – â¬ 1,500 (photo)
Throughout his life, he was also passionate about the Art Deco period that adorned his residences in Biarritz and Monaco, which he describes as “the roots of modernity, the modernity that I always seek”.
During the last twenty years of his life, it was the contemporary design of Mark Newson, Martin Szekely and Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec that Lagerfeld acquired to create a new futuristic aesthetic in his homes.
However, these are the works of his favorite creators, Louis SÃ¼e and AndrÃ© Mare, to whom he has remained faithful throughout his long career as a collector, and to whose philosophy he has remained faithful to “evolution in tradition” .
Other artists represented in this extraordinary collection are Marc Newson, Martin Szekely, Konstantin Grcic, Maarten Van Severen for contemporary design; Louis SÃ¼e and AndrÃ© Mare for Art Deco; Georges Lepape – French fashion designer, poster artist, engraver and illustrator particularly representative of the 1930s, and Ludwig Hohlwein, one of the most prolific and inventive poster and graphic designers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Sotheby’s said the auctions would be “as surprising and multifaceted as the designer himself” and “offer an anthology of his personal tastes.”
Pierre Mothes, Vice-President of Sotheby’s France, commented: âThe auction will pay tribute to this unique and exceptionally creative designer, a major figure in the world of fashion and art.