Pierre Molinier’s archives selling at Drouot

Pierre Molinier’s work will be displayed at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie from 9 to 13 November – an opportunity to discover the artist’s previously unseen archives. The exhibition — presented at the same time as the 19th edition of Paris Photo — precedes the auction on Monday 14 November, to take place at the Hôtel Drouot with Joron-Derem at the hammer. The sale, Archives Pierre Molinier, presents unknown aspects of the artist’s work and universe. Various materials, fetishist accessories and elements of “evocatory sorcellery” enrich the symbolism of Pierre Molinier’s universe, contributing to “this aesthetic of genre confusion”. Some unique pieces will be unveiled: collages, photomontages, decoupages, as well as paintings and preparatory drawings for well-known paintings — Suzinella (1972), Fleurs de Paradis (c. 1958) and L’Angoisse révoltée...

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Pierre-Yves Le Diberder collection estimated at €1.5 million

Pierre Bergé & Associés, in partnership with Christie’s, will be selling the Pierre-Yves Le Diberder collection at Drouot, on 14 October. From antiques to Asian arts, from old paintings to contemporary art, and from classic furniture to design, the 300 lots are estimated at being worth a total of  €1.5 million. Of note is a Bacchus Ephebus torso dating from the Roman era, a Louis XVI furniture item by Jean-François Leleu or a portrait of Man Ray by Andy Warhol. Raymond de Nicolay, auctioneer at Pierre Bergé & Associés, François de Ricqlès, chairman of Christie’s France, and Lionel Gosset, collections director at Christie’s France, are enthusiastic about this partnership, the second since 2009 (Yves Saint Laurent – Pierre Bergé...

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Chanel jewellery in Paris

On Monday 10 October, Gros & Delettrez, along with the Chombert-Sternbach valuation firm, is organising, at Drouot, a sale exclusively devoted to Chanel jewellery. With estimates ranging from €20 to €20,000, over 410 pieces, partly coming from a private collection, will be placed on sale. The offerings represent 50 years of savoir-faire, with certain limited-edition jewellery sets having been made in only ten...

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Two new managers for contemporary art and automobiles at Aguttes

In the context of its development of contemporary art and automobiles, Aguttes, ranked number four among French auction houses, will be welcoming Ophélie Guillerot and Gautier Rossignol to head the two respective departments. Ophélie Guillerot has formerly worked at Art+ Shanghai, a contemporary-art gallery based in Shanghai. In 2012, she opened, in Singapore, the first gallery in Southeast Asia for contemporary art from the Middle East. At Aguttes, she will be in charge of organising contemporary-art sales, which are to take place four times per year at Drouot. Her first sale will coincide with the FIAC, on 24 October. Meanwhile, Gautier Rossignol was previously with Artcurial’s motorcars department. After a stint as a specialist journalist (TF1, Direct 8, Lagardère, Groupe Hommell…), he joined Peter Auto (Le Mans Classic, Le Tour Auto, Chantilly Art & Élégance…) in 2007 as head of the clubs and collectors department. He has thus notched up thirteen years of experience in the world of sports and collector...

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31”Savoyards” sentenced in the Drouot theft case

In the so-called “red-collar” case, 31 out of 44 “Savoyards” (wearing red collars and in charge of handling and storing goods) have been convicted by the Paris criminal court, with sentences going up to three years in prison, half of them being conditional sentences, and €60,000 in fines imposed. Two auctioneers and a president of the auction house have also received conditional sentences ranging from 12 to 18 months in prison, accompanied by fines of €25,000 to €30,000. The Union des Commissionnaires de l’Hôtel des Ventes, sentenced for its association with the transgressors, is to be...

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