The Final YSL Auction

ysl penis sculptureThe final auction of the property of Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé at Christie’s was the art market happening earlier this month.  In contrast to the overwhelming crowds that invaded the Grand Palais in February, the pre-sale viewing held at Christie’s Paris headquarters on Avenue Matignon attracted a steady but underwhelming flow of people.  I decided to brave the expo despite jet-lag from that morning’s return flight from Chicago and trundled into the lobby, my special VIP invite in hand.  To my disappointment, the security guards on duty at the door didn’t bat an eyelash nor ask for my invitation as I slipped by. Once inside, a nervous pin-striped gentleman standing on the grand staircase holding a list of names (obviously important clients) just about ignored me as I climbed up to the second floor foyer.  I kept my glossy gold invitation plainly in view on my notepad, just in case. 

ysl chairsA red velvet rope blocking my passage to the main exhibition rooms indicated that, like at the Grand Palais, this would be a controlled journey beginning directly behind me along the wrought-iron railing surrounding the upper deck of the grand staircase.  A lush array of tall palms, green plants of every sort punctuated with lilies and orchids lined the balustrade, creating an ambiance à la Princesse Mathilde, clearly meant to evoke the jardin d’hiver (winter garden) of the Château Gabriel, Saint Laurent’s and Bergé’s abode in Normandy (sold in September 2008 to a Russian tycoon) from where the largest portion of the items for auction were taken. 

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