French actress Catherine Deneuve is selling her extensive haute couture collection – including unique pieces by iconic designer Yves Saint Laurent.
Some 130 lots will be auctioned by Christie’s in Paris on 24 January. A further 146 items are up for online auction between 23 January and 30 January.
Suits, dresses, coats and accessories will all be on sale.
“They are the creations of a man who was so talented and who only created to make women more beautiful,” Deneuve said.
The 75-year-old said she was selling the clothes after leaving her home in Normandy, northern France, where they had been stored for years.
Deneuve was a long-standing muse to Yves Saint Laurent, one of the most celebrated designers of the 20th Century, who died in 2008. The pair met in 1965 when she was 22, and soon to be presented to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II. Deneuve asked the designer to make her a dress for the occasion, and a 40-year friendship was born.
“She was there during all the important moments of his career, in the first row of the audience at fashion shows – he would kiss her right after he’d taken his bow,” said Camille de Foresta, a sales co-ordinator at Christie’s.
“He gave her strength and confidence, because she said that wearing Yves Saint Laurent clothing was like wearing a light armour.”
The sale features vintage pieces such as the beaded mini-dress in which Deneuve first met director Alfred Hitchcock in 1969, valued at 5,000 euros (£4,350; $5,670).
A black velvet gown she wore for the opening of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Yves Saint Laurent exhibition in 1982 is also up for grabs.
The red carpet numbers include a golden Yves Saint Laurent Oscars dress worn in 2000, when Deneuve’s film East/West was nominated. The gown is expected to sell for between 2,000 and 3,000 euros, Reuters reports.
The designer pieces, many of them one-offs, have been on pre-auction display at Christie’s auction house in Paris.
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