Colin Gleadell spots the new luxury product being produced by Lalique from a maquette Yves Klein abandoned before his death:
It was not until 1973 that his widow produced an edition of 225, cast in synthetic resin and painted with the IKB pigment. Priced at £300, they sold out in six months. Last year, one sold at auction in Paris for £83,000.
The new version, to be made by Lalique’s craftsmen in an edition of 83, is priced at £75,000. But is it a genuine Yves Klein work of art, or a luxury product, or even a copy? Daniel Moquay, the president of the Yves Klein Foundation, who is married to Klein’s widow, has approved the enterprise and the price.
“It is not a copy, it is a reinterpretation in the spirit of Yves Klein,” he says. “But it won’t be included in the artist’s catalogue raisonné. It is 100 per cent Lalique.”