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Event Date15 February 10:00 AM EST | Live auction 20995

The Collection of André Leon Talley

The Collection of André Leon Talley

Sale Overview

This February, Christie’s is proud to present the collection of the legendary fashion editor André Leon Talley. As the first Black man to hold the title Creative Director of American Vogue, Mr. Talley held a rarefied status in the fashion industry. His discerning taste extended well beyond fashion and his personal collection encompasses haute couture, handbags, jewelry, fine art, literature and decorative arts. As a whole, the collection is both glamourous and intimate, reflecting his decades-long relationships with icons including Karl Lagerfeld, Diane von Furstenberg , Ralph Rucci, Tom Ford, Diana Vreeland and Anna Wintour.

The Collection of André Leon Talley features a selection of custom couture, personalized handbags and artwork. The sale features a Set of Two: a Personalized Brown Monogram Canvas Hardsided Train Case & a Brown Monogram Canvas Hardside Train Case which were featured in the Sex and the City movie, A Gold Brocade Caftan by Dapper Dan and Mr. Talley’s iconic Straw Boater Hats. The Collection of André Leon Talley is also highlighted by Andy Warhol’s Candy Box (True Love) painting; a personal gift from the artist to Mr. Talley.

Proceeds from the live and online auctions will benefit the Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York and Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church  in Durham, North Carolina; both of which were close to Mr. Talley’s heart.  

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Auction times
15 Feb 10:00 AM (EST) Lots 1-68

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Nathalie Ferneau

Nathalie Ferneau

Head of Sale, Junior Specialist | Private & Iconic Collections

Nathalie Ferneau is a junior specialist in the Private and Iconic collections department. She has contributed to landmark collection sales such as The Collection of Mr. & Mrs. John H. Gutfreund (2021), La Reverie: The Collection of Sydell Miller (2021) and most recently The Ann and Gordon Getty Collection (2022). Nathalie has also been a part of exciting Iconic sales such as Extra Innings: A Private Collection of Important Baseball Memorabilia (2021) and The Collection of Nile Rodgers (2021).

Prior to joining the Private and Iconic team, Nathalie worked in the Christie’s Antiquities department. She holds a BA in Classical Archaeology from Dartmouth College.
Rachel Koffsky

Rachel Koffsky

SVP, International Head of Department | Handbags & Accessories

Rachel Koffsky began her career at Christie’s in 2014 as a Specialist in the Handbags & Accessories department. In 2017, Rachel relocated to London to bring the Handbags & Accessories department to King Street. In her role as Associate Director, Head of Sale, EMEA, Rachel presided over the first 100% white-glove live Handbags auction in 2019, and the launch of King Street online auctions, which also achieved 100% sold in its premiere season. In 2021, Rachel was named VP, International Senior Specialist, and was instrumental in bringing to market the first single-owner collections of Handbags to appear at auction, both in Paris and in Milan. Rachel is also responsible for the strategic partnership initiatives at Christie’s including the 2020 Marnifesto auction of runway pieces created by Marni, sold to benefit Alliance of Artists Communities and the Christie’s x Gucci Vault partnership. In 2022, Rachel was appointed SVP, International Head of Department, Handbags & Accessories. She currently oversees international strategy, in addition to advising clients on their Handbag collections. She is an expert in designer handbags and accessories, with extensive experience in Hermès, Chanel, Gucci, Dior, Fendi and more. Rachel is also an auctioneer at Christie’s and has been at the podium/ on the rostrum in New York, London and Geneva. Rachel is from Connecticut and holds degrees in History of Art and Mathematics from Johns Hopkins University. She frequently lectures internationally on the topic of the Handbag & Luxury markets, and has been featured or quoted in publications such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, the BBC, FT How to Spend It, Barron’s, and more.
Claibourne Poindexter

Claibourne Poindexter

Vice President, Specialist | Jewellery

Claibourne Poindexter is an Vice President, Specialist in the New York jewelry department, having joined Christie's in 2015. Originally hailing from Greensboro, NC, Mr. Poindexter graduated from North Carolina State University with a B.S. in Brand Management and Marketing. Before joining Christie's, Claibourne was the head of product development for a prominent New York City based jewelry designer, as well as previously cataloguing in the jewelry department of a well-known North Carolina auction house. In his role at Christie’s, Claibourne has been actively involved in the consignment and sale of many important jewels and collections over the years including Property from the Blair Family Collection, Property from the Estate of Elizabeth Stafford, Important Jewels from the Estate of Mrs. Henry Ford II, and Property of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Sold to Benefit Future Acquisitions. Today, Mr. Poindexter currently works for Christie's in various aspects of business including playing a key role in obtaining consignments, maintaining important long term client relationships and providing valuations for jewelry in the America’s.

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