Ingres’s Portrait of the Countess de Larue from 1812 is displayed in the Grand Salon with one of two Gustave Miklos palmwood and red lacquer benches, that have a pre-sale auction estimate of $2.5 to $3.8 million.
One of my favorite photos is of Yves' Jean-Michel Frank desk on which sits his signature glasses and three simple Y's made out of coral and wood. So sweet.
Pierre Bergé said that he decided to sell everything because the collection doesn’t exist if Yves doesn’t exist. "After Yves’s death, to conserve the collection makes no sense. It will go away just like that." It makes me sad but one good thing to come of the sale is that all the proceeds will benefit two foundations, one set up to preserve Yves' legacy and another devoted to AIDS research.
I can't wait until the catalog is up online so I can see if there is anything I can afford. As someone who grew up obsessed with his designs and his world, I would love to own something that he touched and would hope that some of his magic would rub off on me. I don't think there will be anything I can afford but it sure is fun to dream. I think Yves made a lot of people dream and that will be an even more important legacy than his fabulous art collection.