Pure gold 'Miss-Dior' coin will be auctioned at Sotheby's | Source: Sotheby's

Sotheby’s Paris Auctioning Rare Miss Dior Coin March 2

The Paris Mint, Dior and Sotheby’s have joined forces for a one-of-a-kind auction to take place on March 2 in the French capital.

Combining the luxurious expertise of the French Mint and the French fashion house Christian Dior, this incredible item is the first coin the French Mint has ever presented at auction and is expected to fetch between A$320,000 – A$480,000.

Crafted in the shape of ‘Miss Dior,’ the first perfume bottle created by Christian Dior in 1947, the coin designed by Joaquin Jimenez pays tribute to the beautiful bottle of Dior’s first-ever fragrance.

Having metal meet perfume was an incredible challenge. I wanted to express the fineness of the flowers’ essence that were dear to Christian Dior, but also the touch and the fall of a fabric, tribute to his fashion designer talent.

Joaquin Jimenez
Joaquin Jimenez
miss dior coin front
miss dior coin back
Source: Monnaie de Paris

The 2kg gold coin features intricate details including the houndstooth pattern and the dagger knot and roses and is presented in a trunk-like case reminiscent of the ones used by the designer to house his dresses.

Inside the case, there’s also a pair of gloves, a brochure, a certificate of authenticity and an original lithograph, signed by French artist Xavier Casalta.

Likely to attract many buyers, a portion of the proceeds will go to support Fleurs d’Exception du Pays de Grasse, an organisation that aims to protect and promote the floral productions of Grasse – ‘the world capital of perfume’.

The coin will be exhibited to the public from February 21 to 28, after which it will enter a special live auction on March 2nd at Sotheby’s Paris as part of the first Luxury Week of 2022.

The worldwide week of auctions from Sotheby’s will also feature a wide range of prestigious objects including jewellery, watches, leather goods, wines and spirits.

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