Going, going, YSL gone!

12 November 2009


Be still our beating hearts. We all love the idea of owning a piece of vintage YSL, but this is a dream come true. On November 17th the second Yves St Laurent auction begins, and this time some of the late designer’s most treasured personal effects will go under the hammer.

The four day sale at Christie’s in Paris will offer fabulously extravagant items from the magnificent Normandy coastal home that St Laurent shared with his partner Pierre Berge, including panther sofas, Rococo mirrors, floor cushions, spare curtains and neo-gothic chairs.


The first part of the auction, which took place in February, sold off some of YSL’s most prized art, furniture and antiques. It raised a mahoosive £307million and planted the legendary designer firmly in the top spot on Forbes magazine’s highest-earning dead celebrity of the year list.

This time round, minus the art masterpieces, the auction is expected to raise less money (although we reckon the prestigious fashion memorabilia is pretty priceless…) with 4million euros predicted. Buyers will be able to pick up Art Deco enamel boxes for 300 euros and Yves very own Louis Vuitton travel bags for 500 euros, as well as his Hermes luggage (how amazing). St Laurent’s Mercedes Benz automobile will also be for sale (yes, please).

"Beyond the usual collectors, we expect to get bidders who are seduced by the idea of owning something that was once used by Saint Laurent" says Christie's furniture specialist Simon de Monicault.

Berge is donating all proceeds of this sale, as well as some from February’s auction, to HIV research and the fight against AIDS. St Laurent died of cancer in June last year, aged 71. [Telegraph] [Coco Perez]


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