Yves Saint Laurent’s name made a noticeable splash in the news a few weeks ago when the always outspoken former Yves Saint Laurent and Gucci creative director Tom Ford had some harsh words for the designer. Among the memorable quotes uttered by Ford to the Advocate – “I don’t even remember much about my time at Yves Saint Laurent, though I do think some of my best collections were there — other than that black-and-white initial one. That one wasn’t very successful and wasn’t very good. But being at Yves Saint Laurent was such a negative experience for me even though the business boomed while I was there. Yves and his partner, Pierre Bergé, were so difficult and so evil and made my life such misery… I’ve never talked about this on the record before, but it was an awful time for me. Pierre and Yves were just evil. So Yves Saint Laurent doesn’t exist for me.”
Whether warranted or not, Ford drew harsh criticism for his words on the top-earning dead celebrity (according to Forbes).
Now, in addition to the impressive titled garnered by Forbes (the late designer’s earnings total $350 million this year, surpassing the over $90 million Michael Jackson has earned since his death in June), the second auction of art and furniture once owned by the couturier raised 8.9 million euros ($13.22 million), which came out to more than three times the estimate for the auction. All proceeds from the Christie’s sale, which included nearly 1,200 pieces, are going to an AIDS research charity.
According to Reuters, the big ticket items were a pair of armchairs, made at the start of the 19th century, which were valued at between 6,000-8,000 euros and eventually sold for 241,000 euros and an umbrella holder, which used to stand at the entrance to Saint Laurent and Berge’s Paris apartment that sold for 109,000 euros despite only being valued at between 300 and 500 euros. I wonder if, for over $150,000, the winning bidder will actually use the holder for its designated purpose.
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