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Pierre Bergé Sale at Sotheby’s Paris Raises $31 Million

PARIS — An auction of Pierre Bergé’s personal possessions raised $31.3 million, setting a record for a “house sale” at Sotheby’s in Paris last week.
Named “From One House to Another,” the sale on Oct. 30 and 31 featured 975 lots from the French businessman’s homes in Paris, Normandy, Provence and Morocco, with 95 percent of lots selling at figures above their highest estimate.
It also brought in a record number of participants: The businessman’s personal collection drew 2,500 buyers from 72 countries, while the four-day exhibition of the lots attracted 4,000 visitors.
Bergé, who died Sept. 8, 2017, was known to be a passionate art collector. Twelve paintings by French Expressionist Bernard Buffet, who was Bergé’s life partner from 1950 to 1958 before he met Yves Saint Laurent, went for 4.4 million euros. Some of them were personally dedicated to Bergé.
Nine Orientalist paintings, chosen by Bergé to decorate his Parisian hôtel particulier on Rue de Babylone, went for 5.5 million euros. A painting by Jean-Jules-Antoine Lecomte du Nouÿ, “The Harem’s Gate: Souvenir of Cairo,” was sold for 2.4 million euros, setting a record for the French painter.
Other lots included a photograph by Man Ray of writer Marcel Proust on his death bed,

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