The Photography and Design Sales that took place in May 2022 at Christie’s Paris were an opportunity to immerse yourself in the 20th century. Two sales of photographs — including the Collection of Susanna von Meiss – featured some of the most iconic photographers of all time. In parallel, a Design sale—including Charlotte Perriand’s private collection—offered furniture from some of the most prestigious designers.
Nearly 170 works by prestigious artists such as Alberto & Diego Giacometti, Jean Prouvé, Pierre Chareau, Jean Royère, Charlotte Perriand, Claude and François-Xavier Lalanne were offered at auction and presented in a scenography created by Fredrik Karlsson. This sale reached 19.4 million euros, including 6 million dollar auctions with bidders from 21 countries. The flagship lot of the auction, a chandelier Plant structure with butterflies by Claude Lalanne went for €2,202,000, and the Perriand by Perriand collection from Charlotte Perriand’s legendary apartment on rue Las Cases in Paris reached a cumulative total of €1,457,820. The black design sale section was also a resounding success. Pieces created by Jean Royère, such as the Ball sofa and armchairs sold for over a million, and the unique dining table by Georges Jouve and Janette Laverrière set a new record for the two artists.
The Fashion photography from the Susanne von Meiss collection sale, live and online featured the biggest names in 20th century fashion photography: Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Horst P. Horst, Lillian Bassman, Frank Horvat and William Klein. Helmut Newton’s photographs enjoyed remarkable success: the Eiffel Tower photograph was sold for €378,000, and a print of Raquel Welch in her garden reached €44,100. Other highlights of the sale include works by Irving Penn. The station sweeper Photograph from 1951, and the tuberous begoniareached €107,100 and €50,400 respectively.