Karl Lagerfeld

Former Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld was one of the world's most influential figures in fashion | Source: Vox

Karl Lagerfeld’s Personal Possessions Go Under the Hammer at Sothebys

Sotheby’s is paying tribute to one of the most iconic fashion designers of the 21st century – Karl Lagerfeld.

The auction house is handling the sale of over 1,000 lots from his residences in France and Monaco. Included in the auctions, which will be divided between sales in Monaco and Paris in December and Cologne in March, are many of his personal possessions.

This collection is emblematic of Karl Lagerfeld’s taste. It gives a sense of his aesthetic choices, his personality, the man he was, and the private life that was hidden behind the facade we all know, that of a great designer.

Pierre Mothes, vice president of Sotheby’s in France

The many famous fingerless gloves of Chanel’s former Creative Director are among the highlighted pieces as well as his portrait by Takashi Murakami, three Rolls Royces, a Jeff Koons Balloon Venus and a selection of jackets and bags from Dior, Saint Laurent and others.

The eight-part sale is a true showcase of Lagerfeld’s more than half a century of influence that extended beyond the fashion world. The eclectic array of everything from fashion to furniture, artwork to cars, offers a look into the private world of the man who was far more than just a designer – a collector, a photographer and a couturier.

Here is a look at some of the best pieces from the Karl Lagerfeld Sotheby sale.

Takashi Murakami – Karl Lagerfeld Portrait

Estimate – A$127,000 – A$190,000

Inspired by Japanese pop culture, this canvas screenprint produced in 2014 by artist Takashi Murakami was part of his first series of portraits created for Harper’s Bazaar.

Takashi Murakami - Karl Lagerfeld Portrait
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Chanel Black Embossed Lambskin Tote

Estimate – A$3,175 – A$6,349

A unique handbag carried by Lagerfeld at the Chanel Paris & Bombay 2011/12 runway show. The black lambskin bag with silver hardware is from Circa 2010 and comes with a 2011 entry pass and runway tag.

Chanel Black Embossed Lambskin Tote
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Yves Saint Laurent Paris Black Velvet Zebra Jacket

Estimate – A$3,175 – A$6,349

From circa 2000, this Paris Black Velvet Zebra Jacket from YSL is approximately size 50 and comes with a pair of Chanel lambskin gloves.

Karl Lagerfeld YSL Paris Black Velvet Zebra Jacket
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Jeff Koons – Dom Pérignon Balloon Venus

Estimate – A$32,000 – A$48,000

The artwork created by Jeff Koons in 2013 is one of 650 plus 40 artist’s proofs and comes with the Dom Pérignon champagne bottle and original box.

Jeff Koons - Dom Pérignon Balloon Venus
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Karl Lagerfeld Three Personal Notebooks

Estimate – A$4,762 – A$7,937

A look into the mind of Karl Lagerfeld, these personal scrapbooks are from the mid-’80s and come with notes, sketches, newspaper clippings and a Karl Lagerfeld label on one cover.

Karl Lagerfeld Three Personal Notebooks
Karl Lagerfeld Three Personal Notebooks inside
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Karl Lagerfeld Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead

Estimate – A$555,560 – A$634,930

Introduced in 2007, Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead Coupe reinterprets Rolls Royces iconic Phantom model in a convertible. This version owned by Karl Lagerfeld features Ghost Silver with a cream leather interior and RR detailing.

Karl Lagerfeld Rolls Royce Phantom Drophead
Source: Sothebys

Joana Vasconcelos Choupette Sculpture

Estimate – A$7,937 – A$11,111

A sculpture of Lagerfeld’s beloved cat Choupette was produced in 2013 by Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos. The piece is of significance as the designer proclaimed the cat was the love of his life and even had to maids tending to her.

Joana Vasconcelos Choupette
Source: Sothebys

To read more about Sotheby’s auctions have a look at the incredible A$918 Million Sotheby’s sale of The Macklowe Collection.

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