In memory of Karl

Calling out fans of late designer Karl Lagerfeld. It has been two years since the iconic fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld passed away. Those who would like to own a part of his life, can take a look at the upcoming Sotheby’s auction of the late designer’s estate. The executor of Karl Lagerfeld’s Estate has appointed art auction house, Sotheby’s to undertake the sale of property from the residences of the late designer. The series of eight auctions will be held across Monaco, Paris in France and in Cologne, Germany. The auction will bring the late designer’s most personal collection to the market, from the art he lived with, to the items in his wardrobe.

Karl Lagerfeld mixed minimal design with decorative arts at his two storied apartment on Rue de Saints-Peres, Paris. Pic credit: Sotheby’s Karl Lagerfeld Catalogues

Sotheby’s has unveiled the first of the auction catalogues for sales in Monaco (November 28-December6, 2021) and Paris, France (December 6-16, 2021), revealing 650 lots from his private collection for the very first time with a glimpse inside the homes that he so carefully designed. Sotheby’s Cologne will present an auction in spring next year. The auctions will offer a collection of Lagerfeld’s personal taste including fine art, design, fashion and personal items, revealing the fashion titan’s life as a designer, decorator, photographer and collector. “The story of this sale is of Karl Lagerfeld at home, of the private man behind the public persona. We see him as an absolute aesthete, applying the very same precision to the spaces he lived in, as to the designs that saw him conquer the world of fashion. A glimpse inside his homes reveal a designer who knew how to perfectly balance the old and the new, the traditional with the radical, the serious with the surprising, and often with a twist of fun. And a flick through the catalogue provides a tantalising hint at what it might have been like to sit around his dinner table, with the eclectic tableware, porcelains, glasses, linens and silver on display,” says Pierre Mothes, vice president, Sotheby’s France.

Quite a rock star of the 2000s, Lagerfeld was a brand unto himself. Capturing the imagination of the fashion world with his distinctive look and inimitable presence, he continually rewrote the rulebook, allowing him to remain ever relevant and always at the forefront of his game. Artistic director of Fendi from 1965, Chanel from 1983 and Chloé from 1991, before launching his own ready-to-wear house in the same year, the designer became the guiding figure of the luxury industry that he helped to build.

According to the Sotheby’s press release, Lagerfeld was also an insatiable collector with an eclectic eye. This can be seen through his collection. In the 1980s, he opted for the fun, colourful design of the Memphis Group. He then turned to the French decorative arts of the 18th century, which he considered as an ideal of elegance and refinement. Throughout his life, he also had a passion for the Art Deco period that decorated his residences in Biarritz and Monaco, which he described as ‘the roots of modernity, the modernity that I am always looking for’.  During the last 20 years of his life Lagerfeld acquired contemporary design by the likes of Australian born industrial designer Mark Newson, French designers Martin Szekely and Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec to create a new futuristic aesthetic in his homes. However, he remained faithful to the works of his favourite painter and designers, Louis Süe and André Mare, throughout his long collecting career.

The sale will also include Lagerfeld’s personal effects: the dishes of Choupette, the cat who shared the last eight years of the designer’s life; household linens; his three Rolls Royce cars; his characteristic fingerless leather gloves, which he consistently wore for 20 years – more than 200 pairs will be brought to auction; a selection of designer suit jackets by Dior, YSL, KL, Comme des garçons and Martin Margiela; as well as an astonishing number of Goyard suitcases. Lagerfeld became his own brand, and his immediately recognisable look is represented in figurines by Tokidoki and Tiffany Cooper, as well as on Fendi keychains and iPhone cases.

According to Sotheby’s, the other artists represented in this extraordinary collection are Marc Newson, Martin Szekely, Konstantin Grcic, Maarten Van Severen for contemporary design; Louis Süe and André Mare for Art Deco; Georges Lepape – a French fashion designer, poster artist, engraver and illustrator particularly representative of the 1930s, and Ludwig Hohlwein, one of the most prolific and inventive poster and graphic designers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Going by the catalogue, this will be one interesting auction.

Lead pic: Portrait de Karl Lagerfeld – Akashi Murakami b. 1962 , Pic credit: Sotheby’s Karl Lagerfeld Catalogues

One comment

  1. Brilliantly written ….. I actually felt I was there in his house!! Everything came alive & I even felt he was there!! Awesome!!!!


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