Yves Saint Laurent Auction at  Christie's

A few months after the death of Yves Saint Laurent, Pierre Bergé sells artworks acquired with fashion, including Matisse and Picasso. One can be the auction of the century.
More than 700 objects - paintings, sculptures, furniture, silver, etc.. - Will be offered by Christie's, in association with the house Pierre Bergé & associates, from 23 to 25 February 2009 at the Grand Palais in Paris.  Result of 50 years of complicity between two aesthetes, this collection is, according to experts, one of the most extraordinary ever put on the market. There is a Picasso of 1914 ( "Musical instruments on a pedestal," estimated at between 30 and 40 million euros) and several Matisse (including "The cuckoo, blue and pink carpet", estimated between 15 and 20 million). In front of this work by 1911, heralds the period of Orientalist painter, which sat a Yves Saint Laurent on board thoughtful presentation of the sale.  Are also offered paintings by Edgar Degas and Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres, a wooden sculpture by Constantin Brancusi, two very rare animal heads bronze Chinese eighteenth century, a Roman male torso of the first century or a bar YSL "imagined by the French artist François-Xavier Lalanne.  Proceeds from the sale, estimated between 200 and 300 million euros will go to the foundation that Pierre Bergé wants to help create scientific research, particularly against AIDS. "If I am proud of something in this collection is the requirement that has always been made by Yves Saint Laurent and me in the purchase of these objects," he stressed at a press conference Paris headquarters of Christie's.

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