Christie’s Will auctions items from the Hubert de Givenchy collection – Robb Report
French aristocrat and couturier Hubert de Givenchy gave the world a myriad of memorable designs, including the little black dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. But when he died in 2018, he also left behind a huge treasury of well-chosen works of art, and in June Christie’s Paris will put 800 of his works up for sale, along with more than 400 pieces of furniture and decoration. .
One of the works, the 1968 canvas by Joan Miro The migratory bird, has never been on the secondary market before, and is estimated to fetch around $2.6-3.7 million. There is also choice European furniture made in the 18th and 19th centuries, including a Louis XV neoclassical ebony flat desk attributed to Joseph Baumhauer, which is estimated to cost around $1 million. .
The most expensive estimate, however, is for Alberto Giacometti’s bronze walking woman, designed in the early 1930s and sunk in 1955, is expected to fetch between $22 and $33 million. Standing about five feet tall, the work – a gift from Bunny Mellon, a friend and close client of Givenchy – has the exaggeratedly slender proportions typical of the artist’s later and more famous work, although it was imagined much earlier, in his surrealist period.
“This is the very first treatment of the walking figure, a subject to which he will cling all his career”, explains Anika Guntrum, vice-president of Christie’s France. She adds that the piece has another resonance in a fashion context, given that the tall, slender, straight female form unmistakably resembles “a model or dummy – very fitting in a way”.
For anyone who can’t find the funds to purchase such a treasure, the Cleveland Museum of Art is currently offering a hit show about the artist. “Alberto Giacometti: towards the ultimate figure”, with 60 works, will be in place until June 12.