February 24th and 25 auctions at Paris’s Druout Richelieu ended today, but because of France’s fascist auction laws, we do not yet know the results of the 800 plus garments, shoes, handbags, costume jewelry and other accessories. In fact, don’t bother visiting Druout’s website. I already did. You cannot access the sale items before or after a sale unless you spend 100 euros to sign-up for their magazine/newsletter. I don’t think so.
Druout auctioneer, Pierre Cornette de Saint Cyr stated their low/high sale total estimate is $270,000-540,000. The AP reported some highlights. One of the pieces, I believe, is an iconic staple to the Chanel archive (don’t be surprised if they are not the purchasers, either), which is a black lace sheath gown with a black bow at the neckline from 1935 that includes its sewn-in couture number. The report also states there is a green leaf printed day dress with matching jacket, dated 1929.
I will let you know the results of this illustrious sale after they are published- not quite sure why the law prohibits news from being immediately disseminated in France. I love being an American and thank my ancestors for moving here from France. (Associated Press Photo by Jacques Brinon 2/25/10)