FOOTLOOSE: Roger Vivier snapped up the lion’s share of top lots at an auction of the shoemaker’s private collection. The luxury accessories brand teamed up with the French Footwear Association and the government to prevent the collection being scattered among collectors, said Sabine Brunner, general manager of Vivier.

Between them, they acquired 80 percent of the roughly 340 lots, including one-off creations made for Elizabeth Taylor and John Lennon. The brand also walked away with a shoe created by Vivier in 1962 for Iran’s Princess Soraya, for the royal sum of 19,750 euros, or $26,385 at current exchange.

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Organized by French auction house Aguttes, the sale took place Wednesday at the Hôtel des Ventes de Neuilly in the Paris suburb of Neuilly-sur-Seine. A portion of the collection had been displayed at the Musée Romans before Vivier’s heir decided to put it under the hammer. Many items will now return to the museum, which boasts a Roger Vivier room and chapel, Brunner said.

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