Wednesday, February 11, 2009

YSL and Antiquities

Christie's will be auctioning the Collection Yves Saint Laurent et Pierre Bergé at the Grand Palais, Paris next week (23-25 February 2009). There are 14 lots of 'Ancient Art and Antiquities', mostly classical marble sculpture with two Attic kraters and two Egyptian pieces.

The stated sources are:
  • Galerie Akko van Acker, Paris: lot 695, marble Minotaur (1985; formerly French private collection 1970).
  • Galerie Krimitsas, Paris: lot 679, torso of Narcissus (around 1980); lot 681, Attic bell-krater (around 1970-1980; formerly Woodyat Collection, 1912); lot 682, head of Dionysos (around 1980); lot 688, Attic bell-krater (around 1970-1980); lot 690, head of Diomedes (around 1980); lot 691, Egyptian anthropoid wooden coffin (1975); lot 693, Attic black-glossed hydria (1970)
  • Galerie Marc Lagrand, Paris: lot 680, torso of athlete (1970-1980).
  • Galerie Simone de Monbrison, Paris: lot 694, torso of Mercury (around 1975).
  • Not stated: lot 687, torso of athlete (between 1970 and 1980); lot 689, Roman marble column (1970-1980); lot 692, Egyptian bronze of Mahes (between 1970 and 1980); lot 696, torso of athlete (between 1970 and 1980)
Two pieces have estimates of €300,000 - €500,000 (lots 680 and 695). Only one piece has a recorded history prior to 1970 (lot 681).

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