Of the varied and fascinating lots in the last in the series of sales of the collection of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé, which offered Asian Art, Ceramics, Furniture and Antiquities, the bronze heads of a rat
and a rabbit
, made for the Emperor Qianlong's clepsydra at his summer palace were the highest lots, achieving €15,745,000/$20,297,268 each on the phone. Antiquities were very successful indeed, notably the rare Roman marble statue depicting the Minotaur
, which greeted visitors in the rotunda entrance to the Grand Palais. The Roman marble torso
which guarded the entrance hall of Yves Saint Laurent's apartment, overlooked by a superb pair of vases by Jean Dunand
which made €3,089,000/$3,982,106 against a high estimate of €1,500,000/$1,916,520 in the 20th Century Decorative Arts sale which was also highly successful.
The very last lot in this historic sale of 733 superb works of art was a l9th century Sèvres breakfast set in the Chinese manner
, which made €361,000/$465,374 against an estimate of €60,000/$76,661. After this stunning last result, the audience of over 1,000 gave leading auctioneer Francois de Ricqles, who had led off the sales and who knocked this last lot down, a lengthy ovation. He deserved it.
which Yves Saint Laurent positioned on his terrace, together with Lalanne's visionary marble chairs shaped like birds in flight, is Roman and was carved in the 2nd century A.D. It sold for €913,000/$1,176,971 against a high estimate of €500,000/$638,840.