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.
@fearofgod and @maxfieldla have teamed up on a pop-up installation. The store, located in the gallery space across from Maxfield’s Melrose Ave location, is the site of the brand’s House of God pop-up in which Fear of God founder @jerrylorenzo has created a church-inspired installation. A dozen vintage church pews sit in front of an LED screen playing 90s gospel singers in an effort to re-create an environment akin to a Southern Baptist Church, Lorenzo explained. Read more about the pop-up on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: Jennifer Johnson)
Known for his sleek, sophisticated American glamour, Norman Norell is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at @fitnyc. “Norell: Dean of American Fashion,” which runs from February 9 through April 14, will feature approximately 100 ensembles and accessories. His best work is exemplified by the designer’s glittering “mermaid” gowns frosted with thousands of hand-sewn sequins – like the one pictured. (📷: William Helburn) #wwdfashion
For pre-fall 2018, @balmain didn’t let go of the glitz. A crystal embroidered baseball jacket priced at around $40,000 hangs in the “couture” section of the brand’s first men’s pre-collection. Sporting the words “Balmain Army” across the back, the item took around two months to make. “When it was completed, it was like Christmas, it was like, ‘It’s done, it’s exactly what I wanted,’” said Balmain’s creative director @olivier_rousteing during a tour of the collection in a Paris showroom on Monday. #wwdfashion
Eighty degree temperatures and outdoor installations at the annual Art Basel Miami Beach called for bright, elevated beachwear. See more street style pictures on WWD.com. #theyarewearing #ABMB (📷: @lifeinreverie)
Following September’s emotional tribute to her brother Gianni, Donatella Versace wanted to bring the spring show’s deep sense of intimacy to her @versace_official pre-fall collection. Donatella found inspiration in Versace Palazzo in Milan and from Gianni’s opulent apartment. Archival patterns and new motifs were splashed on silk shirtdresses and fitted jersey frocks. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com. #wwdfashion
Demna Gvasalia continues to shake up the Paris fashion calendar — and experiment with new runway timetables for his @vetements_official brand. WWD has learned that Vetements plans to stage its next coed show for the fall 2018 season on January 19 during Men’s Fashion Week in the French capital. Details about the timing and venue have not been confirmed — stay tuned on WWD.com to catch the latest. #wwdnews (📷: @giovanni_giannoni_photo)
@zacposen's go-to holiday gift? Cookies! "I'll usually bake cookies and send them as a gift," said the designer, who recently released his cookbook "Cooking With Zac: Recipes from Rustic to Refined." Get the recipe for his Brown Butter-Chocolate Chip Cookies via link in bio 🍪🍪🍪 #wwdeye #cookingwithzac
For @monsemaison’s pre-fall 2018 collection, Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim honed in on the brand’s many signatures — men’s wear, which was tweaked and feminized through deconstruction, proportion play and lots of bare shoulders. See the rest of the photos on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
On Friday night, @yohjiyamamotoofficial received the Design for Asia Lifetime Achievement Award in Hong Kong. The 75-year-old designer has been celebrated for many years and is best known for his dark and avant-garde tailoring. “In my long career, in design, architecture, [I’ve been to] so many parties, this is the very first time that I have such a warm feeling, I really appreciate this,” Yamamoto said. #wwdfashion (📷: @dominiquemaitre)