Karl Lagerfeld: Estate can be viewed before the auction

Deceased fashion czar
Before auction: estate of Karl Lagerfeld can be viewed

Karl Lagerfeld died three years ago. Now his estate is going under the hammer

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Karl Lagerfeld was a passionate collector. Numerous items from the fashion designer’s estate are now being auctioned off in Cologne. It starts at 50 euros.

The famous fingerless gloves, a Karl Lagerfeld teddy bear, a portrait with his cat Choupette: such objects from the fashion icon’s estate can be viewed from Thursday at the Sotheby’s auction house in Cologne and will soon be up for auction.

Karl Lagerfeld: Estate can be viewed before the auction

233 lots will be offered in two live auctions, divided into an evening auction on May 4th and a day auction on May 5th. A further 250 lots will be auctioned online from April 29th to May 6th.

Two tranches of the Lagerfeld estate had already been auctioned off in Monaco and Paris last year. Together they had brought in 18.2 million euros, four times the preliminary estimate.

The preliminary estimate for all around 480 lots is around 700,000 euros. The price range is between 50 and 80,000 euros. Most of the objects come from Lagerfeld’s last residence in Louveciennes near Versailles in France. The 18th-century villa was mainly furnished with furniture and advertising posters from his homeland. A special focus was German art of the early 20th century, including an important collection of German advertising posters.

From furniture to sunglasses – auction items on display until May 4th

Furniture by the architect and designer Bruno Paul will be auctioned off. There are also dark sunglasses, suit jackets, shoes and an ensemble of accessories from his cat Choupette, who kept him company for the last eight years of his life.

The exhibition at Palais Oppenheim in Cologne runs until May 4th. The subsequent live auction is the first in the new Cologne Sotheby’s headquarters.


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