MILAN — Sotheby’s London will auction Gianni Versace’s furniture, paintings and art works on March 18 in a sale that is expected to raise more than 2 million pounds, or $2.86 million at current exchange.
The 550 lots were collected by the designer at his early 19th century residence, Villa Fontanelle, in Moltrasio, on the shores of Lake Como. Highlights of the sale include life-size casts of Antonio Canova’s Pugilists, which were arranged in Versace’s bedroom and are estimated at between 20,000 and 40,000 pounds, or $28,696 and $57,393, excluding buyer’s premium; a pair of Italian cherry wood breakfront bookcases by Karl Roos after designs by Giuseppe Valadier, circa 1814, and originally commissioned by Princess Pauline Borghese for the Library at Palazzo Borghese in Rome,estimated at 60,000 to 100,000 pounds and 80,000 to 120,000 pounds, or $86,089 to $143,483 and $114,786 to $172,180, and the tempera on canvas “Hercules at the Crossroads Between Vice and Virtue,” estimated at between 25,000 and 40,000 pounds, or $35,870 and $57,393, painted in Italy in 1820 and attributed to Pelagio Palagi.
Villa Fontanelle, which was one of Versace’s favorite retreats for over 20 years, welcomed guests such as Princess Diana, Madonna, Sting and Elton John, and was sold last year to a Russian multimillionaire for an estimated 35 million euros, or $55 million. The property was embellished with a neoclassical and Empire interior in the designer’s signature color scheme of blue and gold, mosaic floors and paneling, sculpture and silver works, 18th and 19th century paintings, a collection of paintings on glass, miniatures and a vast array of works of art depicting Roman emperors.
“The house in Moltrasio is a Proust house, whereas the ones in Milano and Miami are more Batman.…” the late Versace once said of the villa versus his other properties. “It is the house that really belongs to me, reflecting a mirror image of all that I am, for better of worse.”
Versace bought the abandoned villa in 1977 and completed the restoration, including the landscaping of the three surrounding acres of ornamental gardens, in December 1980.
To mark the sale, Sotheby’s will re-create some of the villa’s rooms in its New Bond Street galleries, down to the designer’s bedding and detailed arrangements. The exhibition will run March 12 to 17.
Later this month, another major art collection assembled over the years by Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé is to be sold in Paris by Christie’s in association with Bergé’s own Paris auction house, Pierre Bergé & Associates. The collection comprises works by Goya, Mondrian, Matisse and Léger, bronze and Renaissance art objects, as well as acollection of furniture by Eileen Gray, Pierre Legrain, Jean-Michel Franck, Pierre Chareau and Eugene Printz and is expected to fetch up to 300 million euros, or $440 million.
London’s newly opened @designmuseum will look back on the life and work of Azzedine Alaïa in a show that the designer helped to curate before he died of heart failure last month. The retrospective, which Alaïa had worked on with Mark Wilson, chief curator of the @groningermuseum, will look at the impact of his work worldwide. The show, “Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier,” will run from May 10 to October 7. Read more about the exhibit on WWD.com #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @zefashioninsider)
@Pharrell and his wife Helen Lasichanh were among the stars that came out to celebrate @rimowa’s first pop-up concept shop. The space, which is located on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, draws inspiration from airport luggage carousels and lounge areas – and features the company’s luggage and accessories. If the pop-up is successful it could pave the way for addition temporary shops throughout the world. #wwdfashion (📷: Owen Kolasinski/BFA)
@carineroitfeld celebrated @crfashionbook’s first calendar last night with a dinner party at Spring Place in Manhattan. Photographed by @stevenkleinstudio, the calendar takes on a fitness theme and features @joansmalls, @gigihadid, @danielle_herrington_ – pictured here – and more. “[Carine Roitfeld] wanted me to feel sexy and she wanted me to be myself and feel it out on my own and do what I felt was right,” said Herrington, aka Miss October. #wwdeye
@saintrecords and @virgilabloh last night at @americanexpress’ “A Night With Success Makers” event. “I always bring it back to community because without that I wouldn’t have the courage,” said Knowles when asked how she has gotten where she is now. Read more highlights from their conversation on WWD.com. #wwdeye (📷: @lizdoupnik)
This Just In: Industry sources have told WWD that Anastasia Soare is rumored to be considering selling her beauty business, @anastasiabeverlyhills. According to those sources, Soare has tapped investment bank Imperial Capital to explore sale options for her eponymous beauty brand –– and with at least $340 million in net sales, this would be a big deal. Put in context of other recent transactions for makeup companies, Soare’s price tag could be in the billions if she were to sell the whole thing. #wwdnews #wwdbeauty (📷: @clint_spaulding)
@assouline’s latest book, “The Spirit of Bentley: Be Extraordinary” captures the adventurous attitudes and opulent lifestyles of @bentleymotors’ most creative owners and enthusiasts throughout the U.K. The 292-page hardcover has a section dedicated to showing its team of skilled artisans and photos of its most colorful owners, from George Bamford to designer @alicetemperley, pictured here by Aline Coquelle. #wwdeye
@google released its report on the most popular search terms this year. For fashion brands, the list was led by @gucci, the luxury brand that stunned the market last October when it pledged to stop using fur. Runner ups were @supremenewyork and @fashionnova, along with more established brands like @louisvuitton, @chanelofficial and @ysl. #wwdfashion (📷: @aitorrosasphoto)
In yet another fashion show shuffle, @elleryland is moving its show in sync with the Paris couture calendar — though the brand is still keeping one foot on the city’s ready-to-wear schedule. Their runway show in January will coincide with the launch of a new strategy: designing two main collections each year instead of four, which will then be released in four drops. “As we all know, the system needs to change. We need to show sooner to give time back to artisans and designers to do what they do best — create,” said founder Kym Ellery. #wwdnews #wwdfashion (📷: @kukukuba)
@maxmara’s classic 101801 coat was the cornerstone of its pre-fall 2018 collection. The design team expanded the traditional double-breasted, kimono-sleeved style into a trapeze coat, lean belted styles and a peacoat and presented them in monochromatic looks – like the camel one pictured here. #wwdfashion #prefall18 (📷: George Chinsee)