The hyped auction of Catherine Deneuve wardrobe designed by Yves Saint Laurent beat auction expectation and reached over $1million (Dhs 3.6million) in sales.
Fans of the famed couturier from around the world took part in the auction that lasted five hours, resulting in 90% of all 129 lots selling multiple times above their pre-sale estimates, Christie’s France reports.
Each piece of haute couture or Rive Gauche clothing was a testament to the 40- year long friendship between France’s most iconic actress and Saint Laurent, and were displayed in a pre-sale exhibition during Paris Fashion Week that was attended by 4,500 visitors.
“I would like to thank Christie’s for the beautiful catalogue and the fact they paid tribute to YSL’s talent by presenting his creations in such an exquisite way at the preview, attended by thousands of people. I sincerely hope that the new owners will enjoy these pieces of couture as much as I did,” Deneuve said in a statement.
The most wanted piece was the Haute Couture evening ensemble of the Russian Collection, which Saint Laurent designed for the FW 1977/78. It sold at $59,800, ten times the pre-sale estimate.
Famed YSL smoking designed for Deneuve, and which she wore at the occasion of Yves Saint Laurent’s 20th anniversary celebration, just set a new world auction record for any smoking at $22,000.
Fancy bagging yourself a piece of history? The online-only auction will remain open for bidding until 30 January 2019 midnight, and offers a further 140 lots of Deneuve’s collection by Saint Laurent.