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Photography meets design at Christie’s Paris

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.