PARIS – Award-winning French actress Catherine Deneuve made over $1.3 million at an online and physical auction last week with a lot of 330 fashion garments created for her by legendary designer Yves Saint Laurent, Christie’s auction house announced Thursday.
The YSL sale included dresses, trousers suits and accessories which were divided into two lots, one offered up for online bids between Jan. 23-30 and another sold at the company’s headquarters in Paris on Jan. 24, bagging in total $1,378,953 across both sales.
The physical auction in Paris in total fetched 900,625 euros ($1,035,223) whilst the online sale secured 261,750 pounds ($343,730).
The most expensive piece to be sold online was a Rives Gauche tartan long coat made in 1986 fetching 6,875 pounds, followed by a burgundy leather haute couture coat designed in 1981 which sold for 6,250 pounds.
Other highlights from the digital auction included a royal blue chiffon ensemble which obtained 6,000 pounds and a striking navy blue wool hooded dress with a bubblegum pink sash from 1985 that sold for the same price.
But the priciest piece, a blouse and muslin shawl paired with a taffeta brown skirt Deneuve wore to the Cesar Awards in 1978, sold at the physical auction in Paris and fetched 52,500 euros.
The French actress has not disclosed what she will do with the proceeds of the sale.
Deneuve deiced to let the vast collection of items go on the grounds she had no space to house them following the sale of her Normandy house.
Deneuve and Saint Laurent were more than creative collaborators, they were intimate friends for over 40 years.
The pair first met in 1965 when a 22-year-old Deneuve, then married to British fashion and portrait photographer David Bailey, approached the designer and commissioned an evening gown for a presentation with Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.
That meeting marked the beginning of a long relationship between the two which saw Deneuve (born in 1943) quickly become the designer’s muse, confidante and brand ambassador.
Their creative paths crossed in 1967 for Spanish film director Luis Buńuel’s classic “Belle du Jour,” which a young Deneuve starred in a for which Saint Laurent designed all the clothes. The film catapulted them both into the public eye and quickly became a cult hit.
Deneuve described their relationship as her most beautiful love affair at an event in 2002 to mark Saint Laurent’s prolific career in fashion.