Foreword by Pierre Berge.
Paris. Christie's. 23-25 Fevrier 2009. 6 paperback volumes housed in glossy paper-covered card slipcase. 281, 161, 275, 437, 681, 111 pages. DVD housed in card portfolio. 696 lots illustrated profusely in colour, with archival photographs and details, and several folding-plates. 325 x 240mm (12¾ x 9½"). 12kg. . French, with some English translations. Fine; as new (still in partially-opened shipping box; the photos are from another copy).
The complete catalogue for the record-breaking sale of the art collection of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge. The auction catalogue sold out immediately and is now hard to find with all six volumes and the DVD.
The auction made over 373 million Euros and included the most exceptional works by masters of painting, sculpture, ceramics, furniture, metalwork and other decorative arts. Part I represents a remarkable collection of Impressionist and Modern art, including pieces by Degas, Manet, Cezanne, Gauguin, Vuillard, Mondrian, Ensor, Gris, Picasso, Matisse, Leger and Derain. Part II includes paintings by de Hooch, Hals, Gainsborough, David, Ingres, Burne-Jones and Rossetti. Part III contains snuff-boxes, fine silver and other exquisite objects. Part IV offers a who's who of 20th century furniture makers - Lalanne, Chareau, Dunand, Ruhlmann, Brandt, Rateau, Gray, Frank, Leleu. Part V reveals Laurent and Berge's taste for bronzes, cameos, statues, ceramics and other objects.
The exhibition guide contains thumbnails, titles and auction estimates of each of the 696 lots and the DVD includes an exclusive interview with Pierre Berge.