Huge art collection to go on sale in Feb.

Anyone got some spare cash ?


Saint Laurent's 'meaningless' art is put up for sale

Unique collection will test global market

By John Lichfield in Paris

Monday, 26 January 2009

"..............The art collection assembled by M. Bergé and Yves Saint Laurent is so vast – 733 items, dating from the 1st to the 20th centuries – that it will be displayed to potential buyers for two days from 21 February in a Paris exhibition hall, not an auction showroom. There will be five catalogues, weighing 10kg in total.

The auction, already dubbed the "sale of the century", will include works by Picasso, Matisse, Braque, Léger, Brancusi, Warhol, Degas, Goya, Frans Hals and Ingres, old master drawings, Renaissance bronzes and Roman antiquities.

The sale of a collection, lovingly assembled over 30 years by M. Berge and M. Saint Laurent, will be the greatest test of the impact on the global recession on the art market. Estimates of the works' possible value range from €200m (£190m) to €500m. M. Bergé, 79, who ran the Saint Laurent fashion empire for decades and lived with the designer until the final years of his life, announced the plan to sell the collection last September, three months after YSL's death..........."

Damn it. Wrong forum.