Bergé’s Bounty

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An auc­tion of Pierre Bergé's per­sonal pos­ses­sions raised $31.3 mil­lion, set­ting a record for a “house sale” at Sotheby's in Paris last week.

Named “From One House to An­other,” the sale on Oct. 30 and 31 fea­tured 975 lots from the French busi­ness­man's homes in Paris, Nor­mandy, Provence and Mo­rocco, with 95 per­cent of lots sell­ing at fig­ures above their high­est es­ti­mate.

It also brought in a record num­ber of par­tic­i­pants: The busi­ness­man's per­sonal col­lec­tion drew 2,500 buy­ers from 72 coun­tries, while the four-day ex­hi­bi­tion of the lots at­tracted 4,000 vis­i­tors.

Bergé, who died Sept. 8, 2017, was known to be a pas­sion­ate art col­lec­tor. Twelve paint­ings by French Ex­pres­sion­ist Bernard Buf­fet, who was Bergé's life part­ner from 1950 to 1958 be­fore he met Yves Saint Lau­rent, went for 4.4 mil­lion eu­ros. Some of them were per­son­ally ded­i­cated to Bergé.

Nine Ori­en­tal­ist paint­ings, cho­sen by Bergé to dec­o­rate his Parisian hô­tel par­ti­c­ulier on Rue de Baby­lone, went for 5.5 mil­lion eu­ros. A paint­ing by Jean-Jules-An­toine Le­comte du Nouÿ, “The Harem's Gate: Sou­venir of Cairo,” was sold for 2.4 mil­lion eu­ros, set­ting a record for the French pain­ter.

Other lots in­cluded a pho­to­graph by Man Ray of writer Mar­cel Proust on his death bed, two ceram­ics and a sculp­ture by Pablo Pi­casso, a paint­ing by Fer­nand Léger and a self-por­trait by Jean Cocteau.

“Yves Saint Lau­rent said, ‘One day, peo­ple will speak about a Bergé taste.' The re­sound­ing tri­umph of this week is tes­ta­ment to the truth of those words,” said Madi­son Cox, pres­i­dent of the Fon­da­tion Pierre Bergé-Yves

Saint Lau­rent and the Fon­da­tion Jardin Ma­jorelle, who mar­ried Bergé in 2017.

“Though there is an in­evitable sen­ti­men­tal value at­tached to the col­lec­tion, I am con­scious of Pierre's own aver­sion to nostalgia, and am glad that this sale will en­able us to ac­com­plish new projects for the Fon­da­tion Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Lau­rent in Paris and the Fon­da­tion Jardin Ma­jorelle in Mar­rakech,” he said in a state­ment.

In 2009, months af­ter Saint Lau­rent's death, Bergé sold off the cou­ple's col­lec­tion of art and fur­ni­ture. Held at Christie's Paris, the auc­tion raised 374 mil­lion eu­ros, mak­ing it the most ex­pen­sive pri­vate col­lec­tion to go un­der the ham­mer.

Sotheby's Paris will be hold­ing an auc­tion of Bergé's li­brary on Dec. 14. His col­lec­tion in­cluded books by Cocteau and Jean Giono, as well as tomes re­flect­ing his pas­sion for phi­los­o­phy, botany and gar­den de­sign. — FLEUR BURLET

Glossier Flag­ship is a twos­tory re­tail space de­signed by Ga­chot Stu­dios, which has also de­signed stores for Shi­nola in

Los An­ge­les and Brook­lyn, N.Y., with ar­chi­tec­ture by Peter­son Rich Of­fice. Fea­tur­ing pink and red hues, the street-level flag­ship is de­signed as a com­mu­nity space. In ad­di­tion to shop­ping the prod­ucts, cus­tomers are in­vited to in­ter­act with Glossier's off-line ed­i­tors and ex­pe­ri­en­tial rooms, such as the Boy Brow Room.

The flag­ship is not an in­di­ca­tor of many per­ma­nent store lo­ca­tions to come. Glossier is, how­ever, plan­ning to con­tinue to ex­per­i­ment with tem­po­rary re­tail in 2019. — ALEXA TIETJEN The Fash­ion Awards raises money for the British Fash­ion Coun­cil's busi­ness, ed­u­ca­tion and men­tor­ship pro­grams. Last year, the BFC raised 2.2 mil­lion pounds in sup­port of those ini­tia­tives.

The BFC will hand out awards for British Emerg­ing Tal­ent, Busi­ness Leader, De­signer of the Year and Brand of the Year, along­side spe­cial recog­ni­tion awards such as Out­stand­ing Achieve­ment, Swarovski Award for Pos­i­tive Change and Is­abella Blow Award for Fash­ion Cre­ator.

Nom­i­nees in­clude Mi­uc­cia Prada, Jonathan An­der­son and Alessan­dro Michele for Ac­ces­sories De­signer of the

Year; Burberry, Off-White and Ba­len­ci­aga for Brand of the Year, and Clare Waight Keller, Pier­paolo Pic­ci­oli and Kim Jones for De­signer of the Year. — FIONA MA won 22 cham­pi­onships. — KATYA FORE­MAN

Some of the lots ex­hib­ited dur­ing the “Pierre Bergé, From One Home to An­other” sale at Sotheby’s Paris.

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