The sale of the private art collection that filled Kenzo Takada’s former Parisian home fetched 1.9 million euros, or $2.6 million at current exchange, during a two-day auction which ended Wednesday.
More than 75 percent of the 1,100 pieces, collected by the designer over 20 years, and hailing from five continents, found new owners during the auction at Paris’ Drouot Montaigne house. A rare Buddha from Burma’s ancient Pagan kingdom sold for 64,000 euros, or $88,780, setting a new record for Buddhas from that era.
A rare seventh-century golden statue representing a female divinity from the Eight-century in what is now Cambodia, fetched the highest bid, selling for 108,500 euros, or $150,515, beating its top pre-sale estimation. Although a number of pieces didn’t fetch the expected price, “amateurs recognized works of great quality rarely proposed on the art market,” stated auctioneer Claude Aguttes.
Among the mostly private collectors, who hailed from France, Britain, Belgium and Asia, was an unnamed French television producer who acquired Takada’s spacious Japanese-style home near Bastille earlier this year. He snapped up a number of lots with a view to keeping them in their original setting. More than 3,000 people viewed the collection during exhibitions in Takada’s former home in May and during the three-day preview at Drouot Montaigne this weekend. Takada sold his home and the collection to downsize to a Left bank apartment.