Go Inside Pierre Bergé's Sprawling Estate

Go Inside Pierre Bergé's Sprawling Estate

Sotheby's announces major sales benefiting Saint Laurent's legacy

Sotheby's announces major sales benefiting Saint Laurent's legacy

Text: SAMUEL ANDERSON

When Pierre Bergé, the lifelong romantic and business partner of Yves Saint Laurent and the custodian of the designer’s archive, passed away last year, he left behind not only an important chapter in fashion history, but also a vast personal collection of art, books and furniture. That collection is set to be auctioned by Sotheby’s in a series of sales benefitting two of Bergé’s passion projects: Yves Saint Laurent Foundation in Paris and the Fondation Jardin Majorelle in Marrakech. Sourced from Bergé’s far-flung homes in Paris, Normandy, Provence and Morocco, the sale’s 800 lots reflect decades of aesthetic and intellectual engagement—ranging from art to antiques to rare books.

In a series of photos released by Sotheby's yesterday, Bergé's baroque tastes are on full display; from chez lounges with tusks for armrests to a taxidermy macaw parrot, it's clear Bergé's homes reflect his and Saint Laurent's eclectic lifestyle. Other highlights will include a significant collection of French artist Bernard Buffet, Bergé’s lover prior to meeting Saint Laurent.

PIERRE BERGÉ, PHOTOGRAPHED IN V17

The sale will also reflect the international scope of his and Saint Laurent’s legacy; in addition Islamic, African and Asian art accumulated over fifty years, the sale includes antique books on botany and gardening. (In 1980, the couple purchased the Jardin Majorelle, transforming it into one of Marrakech’s most popular tourist attractions).

Bergé is often credited as the business brains behind Yves Saint Laurent’s design practice, fueling the brand’s growth up until Saint Laurent’s passing in 2008. In addition to the Jardin Majorelle, Bergé was also instrumental in establishing the Yves Saint Laurent Foundation, which operates two museums: the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Marrakech and Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris, opened last year shortly after Bergé’s passing.

With the first round of sales slated for October 29 to 31, to be followed by another in December, the Bergé estate is ensuring that Saint Laurent remains a force of nature for years to come.

Credits: Images courtesy of Sotheby's

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