Art market Magazine December 2015

 
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GAZETTE DROUOT INTERNATIONAL / UPCOMING AUCTIONS

France

A life of passion

Rarely if ever has Drouot seen a collection like this. Starting on 11 December, the dispersion
of the 1,600 books in Pierre Bergé's library looks set to be the most glittering sale of this genre in modern times. On the first day, 188 are going up for sale, featured in a limited-edition catalogue in autumnal shades, with Alexandre Wolkoff as artistic director and photographs by Stéphane Briolant. Over the next two years, five other sessions will be devoted to the library by auctioneer Antoine Godeau, seconded by experts Stéphane Clavreuil, Benoît Forgeot and Michel Scognamillo, in association with Sotheby’s for its international promotion. A collection is always a more or less accurate portrait of the owner, but in this case, the

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evidence is even more speaking than usual. Throughout his life, since his earliest years, when he worked as a broker for the L’Originale bookstore on his arrival in Paris, Bergé has had a pronounced taste for books. This is the only collection he built up without Yves Saint-Laurent. Not just his books, but his very life and name will thus be exposed to the verdict of the auction room. A remarkable personality and an extraordinary collector, he has followed not the classical dictates of collecting but its pleasures – writing and reading – shored up by a fascination with their authors' lives. He is not a fanatic, a frantic accumulator or a slave to lists. He has not sought out his books for their bindings but for their content, and seems to share the same fear of illustrations as Flaubert. On his

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11 December at 3 p.m. Drouot, room 5-6. Public exhibitions: 8, 9 and 10 December. Pierre Bergé & Associés and Sotheby’s France auction houses. Messrs. Clavreuil, Forgeot and Scognamillo. www.labibliothequedepierreberge.com

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