On 14 June 2022, Christies
held the first of six sales of the Hubert de Givenchy collection. Hubert de Givenchy - Collectionneur: Chefs-d'oeuvre | Masterpieces, featured 63 lots representing the very best examples of 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th Century art selected from the couturiers final collection, housed in his exquisite residences, the Hôtel d'Orrouer in Paris and the Manoir du Jonchet in the Loire Valley. The sale realised 82,992,850 / $86,810,521 / £71,373,851 selling 100% by lot, 100% by value, 76% of lots sold above their high estimate and with bidding from 18 countries. Buying by lot came 46% from EMEA, 30% from APAC and 24% from the Americas.
The top lot of the sale was Albert Giacomettis Femme qui marche [I], which achieved 27,169,500 ($28,419,297), setting the record for the most expensive work sold at auction in France so far this year. Conceived in 1932-1936, this sculpture is one of the four numbered casts made during the artist's lifetime. This work marries Giacomettis fascination with ancient Egyptian art with his own, distinctive artistic vision.
Cécile Verdier, President of Christies France: It is an honour for Christies to have been chosen by the de Givenchy family to bring this marvellous collection to auction. It was an immense pleasure and privilege to stand on the rostrum this evening and serve as co-auctioneer with my colleague Adrien Meyer who came especially from New York for the first part of this collection which Hubert de Givenchy and his partner Philippe Venet cherished so deeply. We are thrilled with the great success of this first sale and the extraordinary interest weve received for these masterpieces from our clients worldwide, including for our online sales, which have been open for bidders since June 8.
Charles Cator, Deputy Chairman, Christies International: This was an historic night for decorative arts. This was Monsieur de Givenchys great love and it was particularly thrilling to see the spectacular prices achieved by the furniture, gilt bronze objects and sculpture. At Christie's we feel privileged to have been part of Hubert de Givenchy's journey as a collector, from his sales with Christies in 1993 and 2017 and his close involvement with Christies France as Chairman of the Advisory Board. It has been a great honour to celebrate his extraordinary vision in a way that we hope he would have approved, as in the past we always were able to follow his lead. It has been immensely inspiring to see Hubert's taste and all that he created with Philippe Venet so admired and appreciated by clients across the world. All these objects will take with them a part of his spirit as they find their way to new collections and new collectors.