Pierre Bergé, long time business partner and companion to the late French designer Yves Saint Laurent chose Christie's to officiate and the Grand Palais de Paris as the stage for the sale of the Collection of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé. Under the monumental glass dome, this auction marathon will last three days (from 23 to 25 February 2009) with pieces from the Far-East, others dating back to Antiquity, numerous sculptures and works of art, works in gold and silver, enamels from the 16th century, drawings from the 19th century, works signed by the major names in Art Deco and numerous Old and Modern masterpieces. Christie’s will man 100 phone lines while bids can also be placed via the Internet.
The public can view the collection from 21 - 23 February 2009.
Proceeds from the sale, meanwhile, will be donated. Saint Laurent bequeathed his half of the collection to the Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent Foundation, while Bergé will put his share toward a new foundation he’s created to fight AIDS.