Karl Lagerfeld’s Most Prized Possessions Are Heading To Auction

The designer and avid collector’s estate will be offered in eight auctions at Sotheby’s, starting in November.

By Rachel Cormack 14/09/2021

The late, great Karl Lagerfeld was not only one of the 20th century’s most indelible talents, he was also an insatiable collector. The German multi-hyphenate, who worked as a creative director, fashion designer, photographer and artist before he died in 2019, amassed an array of unique pieces throughout his lifetime, and many of these will soon go under the gavel at Sotheby’s.

The auction house is holding a series of eight sales across this year and next that will be dedicated to the pioneering visionary it describes as a “quasi intergenerational rock star of the 2000s.” The collection comprises more than 1,000 lots that are as surprising and eclectic as Lagerfeld himself. Everything from his fine art and custom furniture to his distinctive ensembles and accessories will be up for grabs starting November 26.

For the fashion crowd, a selection of Lagerfeld’s signature designer suit jackets by Dior, Saint Laurent, Comme des Garçons and Martin Margiela will be auctioned, alongside more than 200 pairs of the iconic fingerless leather gloves he wore consistently throughout the past 20 years, a Chanel shoulder bag, and a number of stylish Goyard suitcases.

Lagerfeld Estate

Chanel shoulder bag. Sotheby’s

The sales will also include prized art, including a portrait by Takashi Murakami (estimate: approximately $128,000-$192,000), a pink masterpiece by Jeff Koons (estimate: approximately $32,00-$48,000) and a sculpture of Lagerfeld’s cat Choupette by Joana Vasconcelos (estimate: approximately $8,000-$11,300), to name but a few. Speaking of Choupette, a number of dishes emblazoned with the blue-eyed Birman, who shared the last eight years of the designer’s life, will also be auctioned.

As to be expected, Lagerfeld’s home was adorned with various statement pieces that will also be offered, such as a Jaeger-LeCoultre clock (estimate: approximately $12,800-$19,000), a striking Maria Pergay cocktail table (estimate: approximately $12,800-$19,000), Marc Newson’s sleek silver Zenith chair (estimate: approximately $63,750-$105,700), a pair of black armchairs by Louis Süe and André Mare (estimate: approximately $12,800-$19,000), and a silver-plated cutlery set by jewelry maker Jean Després (estimate: approximately $24,500-$32,200). To top it off, three of Lagerfeld’s prized Rolls-Royces will also roll onto the auction block.

Lagerfeld Estate

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

The first online auction will take place from November 26-December 6, with the second running December 6-16. There will also be live auctions in Monaco from December 3-5; Paris from December 14-15; and Cologne in March 2022. Sotheby’s will update each lot’s information and add estimates as the sales approach.

And, if you can’t decide what to drop cash on, remember what Lagerfeld said: “Buy only because something excites you, not just for the simple act of shopping.”


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