October 25, 2008

Yves Saint Laurent x Private Art Collection::

Yves Saint Laurent's beloved private art collection is going under the hammer in February — the 700 pieces, which include everything from Roman sculptures to Picasso paintings, is estimated to be worth up to $440 million. His former business partner and companion, Pierre Berge, who only kept an African sculpture and an Andy Warhol portrait of the designer, said he had no regrets about the decision to sell: "Yves Saint Laurent is dead. This collection doesn't mean anything anymore."

International viewing will be held at Christie’s in New York from Nov. 5 to 7, Christie’s in London from Jan. 31 to Feb. 3 and at Pierre Bergé and Associates in Brussels from Feb. 7 to 10. The exhibition will open at the Grand Palais on Feb. 21 and the auction will take place from Feb. 23 to 25. Proceeds will go to the Pierre Bergé Yves Saint Laurent Foundation and to a new foundation Bergé has created to fund scientific and medical research to fight AIDS.

 [WWD, Telegraph]

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