The personal collection of the late fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld is auctioned

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Sotheby’s will offer more than 1,000 lots from Karl Lagerfeld’s estate in a series of sales. Pictured here is Lagerfeld, then creative director of Chanel, who is posing on November 8, 2012 before the opening of his photo exhibition entitled “Little Black Jacket” at the Grand Palais in Paris.

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The late fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld’s personal collection, which includes more than 1,000 lots encompassing art, design, fashion and personal items, will be on sale in a range of sales at Sotheby’s starting in December.

The German-born designer, who died in 2019 at the age of 85, was a leading figure in the global luxury industry and worked as creative director for luxury brands such as Fendi, Chanel and Chloé before founding his own label in 1991.

The collection includes colorful designs by the Italian Memphis Group, French decorative art of the 18th century, contemporary designs by Marc Newson, Martin Szekely, Konstantin Grcic, Maarten Van Severen, and poster and graphic designs by Georges Lepape and Ludwig Hohlwein.

Sales also include Lagerfeld’s three Rolls-Royce cars, more than 200 pairs of his leather fingerless gloves, and a selection of designer suit jackets.

Most of the items for sale came from two of the residences Lagerfeld lived in, the Pavillon de Voisins in Louveciennes, near Paris, and a villa in Monaco, Sotheby’s said.

One of the highlights of the collection is a portrait of Lagerfeld by Japanese contemporary artist Takashi Murakami, signed and dated 2014. The work has a presale estimate of 80,000 euros (95,000 US dollars) to 120,000 euros.

The live auctions will begin in the Sotheby’s Monaco outpost from December 3rd to 5th, move to Paris from December 14th to 15th and end in Cologne, Germany in March 2022. Online sales will take place two sessions, one from November 26th to December 6th and the other from December 6th to 16th.


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