28 October, 2018

Memorabilia Bonanza - Over 4,000 items!

There is a lot of history up for grabs this week with news that French actress and YSL muse, Catherine Deneuve, Astronaught icon Neil Armstrong and Aretha Franklin are auctioning personal belongings. 

With so much up for grabs, what can bidders expect from this triple header?

Catherine Deneuve Auctioning off 300 Items

A world-renowned actress, Catherine Deneuve has appeared in over 100 films.

Her collection of dresses were kept in her house in Normandy but now that she is selling the house, there's nowhere to store the clothes.

300 items are colossal. Deneuve has been YSL's muse for a number of years and described their relationship as the best love affair she ever had during his 40th career bash.

"He only designed to make women beautiful". - Catherine Deneuve

She was introduced to YSL when she was due to meet the Queen of England. She asked him to make her an evening dress and after being impressed by his design, she asked him to design for her film 'Belle de Jour'.

Half of the lots will go on sale at Christie's, where their Paris house will exhibit lots between 19-24th Jan 2019, and the other half will be subject to an internet auction.

Neil Armstrong Auction Fetches Over $7m

The first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong was the star of an auction when memorabilia belonging to him blasted past $7m. 

The biggest sale of the auction was Armstrong's spacecraft ID plate from Apollo 11 which hammered in at $468,500. 

Another big sale was Armstrong's suit that he wore on Gemini 8. This mission performed the docking of two spacecraft which sold for $109,375.

One item which is sought after is the American flag on board Apollo 11 during the lunar mission.

This auction is one of three, planning to sell 3,000 items, so expect more record sales!  

Aretha Franklin Auction

Music and style icon Aretha Franklin, who sold over 75 million records, will be the star of an auction when a collection of her personal items head to auction.

Over 800 items will be up for grabs and this war chest features items from an array of other artists such as:

  • A white Collings 290 guitar played by Prince. 
  • The 'Desperately Seeking Susan' jacket worn by Madonna. 

Examples of the items that will be sought after are her gowns with estimates starting at £2,000-£3,000 - this includes the dress she wore to Bill Clinton's first and second inauguration.

In addition to the gowns, are 30 stage outfits which cemented her as a style icon. 

The auction was streamed live from 9-10th November, so watch this space for updates!

Final Words

These auctions are full of history and will adorn any collection. 

Catherine Deneuve and YSL's relationship formed an almost unbeatable combo consisting of iconic French actress and iconic fashion house. Reminiscent of Hepburn and Givenchy, it illustrates how fashion and cinema will always share an affinity.

Neil Armstrong expanded our beliefs about mankind with his successful space mission. Meaning so much to him, he kept as many items as he could and this culminated in this massive three-part auction which is going to inspire a new generation of believers.

Finally, the legendary Aretha Franklin's legacy will be preserved with this massive auction. Owning a piece of her iconic wardrobe is an opportunity any budding fashionista cannot miss!

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Auction Round-Up: Deneuve, Armstrong and Franklin
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Auction Round-Up: Deneuve, Armstrong and Franklin
Auction Round-Up: Deneuve, Armstrong and Franklin
Auction Round-Up: Deneuve, Armstrong and Franklin
Auction Round-Up: Deneuve, Armstrong and Franklin
Auction Round-Up: Deneuve, Armstrong and Franklin
Auction Round-Up: Deneuve, Armstrong and Franklin