S otheby’s Paris Art Contemporain Day Sale on 11 December brings together remarkable works by some of the most celebrated artists of the past 80 years. Amongst the notable collections in the auction is an exceptional group of Minimal and Conceptual historical works from the Crex Collection. Other highlights of the sale include important works by Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Nam June Paik, Takashi Murakami, A. R. Penck, Niki de Saint Phalle, and Victor Vasarely.
Y ves Carcelle was a beacon of French elegance.
During his tenure as President of Louis Vuitton, Carcelle transformed this century-old leather goods brand into a major player in the luxury industry, thanks to his marketing genius and charisma. This art history aficionado unfortunately passed away a few weeks before the unveiling of the Frank Gehry building for the Foundation, of which he was also president.
Yves Carcelle cultivated close relationships with artists and personally enjoyed collecting contemporary art. He had grown particularly fond of Asian contemporary art, which he discovered early on during his travels to China in the 1980s.
Sotheby’s is honoured to present a selection of pieces from his private collection in the Prestige Auction and the Day Auction. To pay tribute to this “pioneer and tireless traveller,” as Bernard Arnault, CEO of the LVMH Group, describes him, it seems quite logical to include Yayoï Kusama’s gift to Carcelle in 2012 in our auction – a trunk covered in her magical polka dots, a truly emblematic work of art.