The collection was exceptional: for the occasion, Christie’s had reconstructed the interiors of the great couturier Hubert de Givenchy, in nearly 14 pieces, to auction off this personal collection of furniture, sculptures and paintings, which was initially estimated at 50 million euros. The sale of the 800 lots, which came from the two residences of the Hotel d’Orrouer in Paris and the Château du Jonchet in the Loire Valley, finally reached new heights, since these properties were acquired for more than double, s amounting to 114 million euros, note our colleagues from echoes Monday, June 20.
Buyers from all over the world had gathered for this auction, including 12% from Asia, 57% from Europe and the Middle East, and 30% from the American continent, details France info this Tuesday. Among these objects of great value: , a sculpture by Alberto Giacometti which was the flagship lot of the event, and which was sold for nearly 27 million euros. It is now the most expensive piece sold in 2022. A mahogany desk, signed David Roentgen, was sold for more than 2 million euros, when it was estimated at 500,000 euros.
Online auctions for 478 lesser lots such as Louis XV armchairs are taking place until Thursday, June 23. French designer Hubert de Givenchy died at the age of 91 in 2018, after marking the fashion world for half a century with the elegance of his outfits and his little black dresses. From his first fashion show in 1952 to his departure in 1995 from his fashion house, sold in 1988 to the LVMH group, Hubert de Givenchy marked his era with outfits as famous as the black dress worn by actress Audrey Hepburn in , the dress embroidered with the bodice that Jackie Kennedy wore during the official visit of the American presidential couple to France in 1961, or the mourning dress worn in 1972 by the Duchess of Windsor – a dress and a coat in wool crepe with a leather belt .