The first reports are in from the Grand Palais showing of the YSL/Bergé sale contents. Crowds have been reported lined up around the block. Reuters spoke to a few of the attendees:
“I’ve rarely seen a such a varied and diverse collection of objects which nonetheless make up such a coherent ensemble, that’s what’s so exceptional,” said Francois Du Vivier from Brussels, who said he was considering bidding in the sale. [ . . . ] “There are still plenty of collectors at different levels who are going to be competing, in some instances very aggressively,” said Garner. The event has certainly been massively promoted, with lavish magazine spreads and television specials which may boost interest as a similar wave of publicity did when the estate of the late Andy Warhol was sold in 1988.
“These celebrity auctions can lead to certain prices being paid for sentimental value that they might not get ordinarily,” said one veteran collector who declined to be named. “I’ve had that experience myself and paid the cost.”