The ultimate auction of Pierre Bergé and Yves Saint Laurent’s treasures

Pierre Bergé’s private collection goes under the hammer in Paris

The Datcha, built in the park of the Château Gabriel in Normandy, was decorated by Jacques Grange in a style reminiscent of the Ballets Russes and Léon Bakst
The Datcha, built in the park of the Château Gabriel in Normandy, was decorated by Jacques Grange in a style reminiscent of the Ballets Russes and Léon Bakst | Image: Pascal Chevallier

From October 29 to 31 Sotheby’s Paris will host Pierre Bergé – d’Une Demeure l’Autre, the ultimate auction of Pierre Bergé’s private collection. Bringing to the public almost 1,000 pieces collected over a lifetime, the sale will follow a five-day exhibition (October 25-29) at the auction house’s newly renovated Galerie Charpentier in Paris.

Pierre Bergé’s Rue Bonaparte apartment in Paris
Pierre Bergé’s Rue Bonaparte apartment in Paris
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The businessman, collector and philanthropist, who passed away last year, was Yves Saint Laurent’s partner in life and business until his death in 2008, and helped the designer establish his fashion house. The eclectic collection of items from their life together reflects Bergé’s interests, from antiques to orientalist paintings, medieval manuscripts and contemporary art, including the 1876 work La Porte du Sérail (€500,000-€700,000), a souvenir of Cairo.

The study in the Parisian apartment where Edouard Manet once lived
The study in the Parisian apartment where Edouard Manet once lived
The 1876 painting La Porte du Sérail (€500,000-€700,000) by Jean-Jules-Antoine, Lecomte du Noüy, was a souvenir from Cairo
The 1876 painting La Porte du Sérail (€500,000-€700,000) by Jean-Jules-Antoine, Lecomte du Noüy, was a souvenir from Cairo

The lots were gathered from his four extraordinary abodes: the Rue Bonaparte Parisian residence, where Edouard Manet once lived; the Jacques Grange-decorated 19th-century Datcha in Normandy; the Mas Théo abode in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, also decorated by Jacques Grange; and Bergé’s secret hideaway in Morocco – Tangier’s Villa Mabrouka, overlooking the strait of Gibraltar, which best interweaves Bergé and Saint Laurent’s tastes.

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After Saint Laurent’s death, the couple’s art collection was auctioned in Paris, raising €374m and becoming the most expensive private collection ever to go under the hammer. This sale should turn heads too.

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