Under the hammer

Sotheby’s are auctioning Karl Lagerfeld’s fingerless gloves and cat bowls belonging to Choupette
By Ella Joyce | 16 September 2021

When Karl Lagerfeld sadly passed away in 2019, he left behind a wealth of exquisite artwork and design he’d collected throughout his life. Following an initial auction of the designer’s estate earlier this year, Sotheby’s has now revealed plans to sell over 1,000 new lots from the designer’s various homes in France and Monaco.

Over 200 pairs of the leather gloves synonymous with the designer’s signature personal image over the past two decades are included in the auction, along with his collection of Rolls Royce motors and the dishes used to feed Choupette – Lagerfeld’s beloved cat companion (it’s said that the Birman had her own bodyguard, chef and maids, and eschewed catnap for gourmet meals of caviar, smoked salmon and king crab). Numerous pieces of art and furniture from the likes of Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami and Marc Newson will also be auctioned alongside clothing from Dior, Saint Laurent and Martin Margiela, and “an astonishing number of Goyard suitcases.”

Marc Newson’s Zenith chair – Courtesy of Sotheby’s

Sotheby’s promises the auction to be “as surprising and multi-faceted as the designer himself”, citing the sale as “an anthology of his personal taste but also of his life and career”. It’s not the first time Lagerfeld’s private collections have been under the hammer, the Chanel designer previously sold his 18th-century French furniture and artwork collection to Christie’s for $28.5 million in 2000 and his Art Deco collection to Sotheby’s in 2003.

These latest auctions will be held in Monaco from 3rd-5th December, in Paris from 14th-15th December and in Cologne in the spring of 2022. Monaco has been chosen as a reflection of Lagerfeld’s strong connections with the principality, having lived there for a decade up until his death and been close friends with the country’s royal family. 

Maison Goyard jewellery box – Courtesy of WestImage: Art Digital Studio/Sotheby’s

Joana Vasconcelos, “Choupette,” 2013 – Courtesy of Sotheby’s

Takashi Murakami, “Portrait of Karl Lagerfeld,” 2014 – Courtesy of Sotheby’s

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