Bull in the China Shop?

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Published February 23, 2009

Photo: Christie’s

 

Thank god, perhaps, that it’s not a bullish economy, given tonight’s exemplary china shop. The world’s media is ushering a moment unseen since the Stephen Sprouse bonanza last month, as Christie’s sells off Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé’s entire collection of painting, sculpture, antiquities, and furniture at the Grand Palais in Paris. 30,000 paddel-wavers have already fanned by. Record-hungry experts are predicting that the auction will crush, flatten, and destroy the all-time flatter the all-time auction record for a private collection (a pitiful $206 million for the estate of Victor and Sally Ganz in 1997). You can watch the destruction online it as if it were Big Brother beginning 7 PM EST. Can’t wait until then? Brush up by reading Interview’s interview with Bergé by Judith Benhamou-Huet.