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  • GIVENCHY COLLECTION PROVOKES A GLOBAL SCRAMBLE

    TWO POLYCHROME MARBLES BUSTS PROBABLY REPRESENTING EMPERORS HADRIAN AND COMMODUS, ITALIAN, ROMAN, LATE 17TH OR 18TH CENTURY

    The global scramble for items from the collection of Hubert de Givenchy continued at Christie’s in Paris today. The cachet of owning something from this prestige collection continues to add enormous value. Many estimates were rendered nonesensical. The two polychrome 17th or 18th century busts illustrated here sold for €2,442,000 over a top estimate of €250,000 this morning. Lot 105, the sixth lot of the sale, was not alone in far exceeding the top estimate. A Louis XV Aubusson rug with a top estimate of €60,000 made €214,200; a pair of 20th century metal and porphyry top occasional tables with a top estimate of €12,000 made €69,300, a still life by Georges Braque made €88,200 over a top estimate of €30,000, a Louis XVI beechwood armchair covered with a fabric designed by Braque made €157,000 over a top estimate of €10,000 and a pair of probably 18th century German silver gilt beakers from the Cobblers Guild made €11,340 over a top estimate of €3,000.

    UPDATE: GIVENCHY LIVE AUCTIONS ACHIEVE € 114.4 MILLION. Buying by lot 57% from Europe and Middle East, 12% from Asia and 30% from the Americas

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for June 14, June 5, March 10 and February 2, 2022)

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