The Art of Giving: The Luxury Wish List
Online Auction: 3–10 December 2020 • 2:00 PM GMT • London

The Art of Giving: The Luxury Wish List 3–10 December 2020 • 2:00 PM GMT • London

T his holiday season, Sotheby's presents The Art of Giving: The Luxury Wish List, a curated sale featuring one-of-a-kind gifts. From Hermès handbags, a limited-edition Louis Vuitton x Takashi Murakami Marilyn Trunk, works from KAWS and Tracey Emin, find the perfect gift this holiday season.

Featured Highlights

Contemporary Art


Supreme ® x Pearl ® | Session Studio Select Drum Set & Zildjian® Cymbals, 2019
This extremely limited-edition standout item five-drum set is one of 50 released for the New York brand's Autumn/Winter 19 season, from the brand's infamous high-end accessories collection. Made even more notorious by the accompanying launch video featuring Muppet Show drummer 'Animal' from Jim Henson's Workshop.
Limited Edition Black Redwood & Tea Wood Classical Acoustic Guitar, 2009
Estimate: 3,500 – 4,000 GBP
Chanel | Limited Edition Black Redwood & Tea Wood Classical Acoustic Guitar, 2009
A limited-edition Black Redwood & Tea Wood Classical Acoustic Guitar, 2009 comes with a black quilted distressed lambskin case with zip around closure, top handle, adjustable shoulder strap, exterior zip pocket, lined in burgundy suede. With a removable strap in black, cream and brown fabric with black leather trim embossed with the Chanel sport logo, silver hardware with button attachment.

Louis Vuitton Collaborations

Louis Vuitton is renowned for thinking outside the box. They have been at the forefront of brand collaborations and have paved the way before the other luxury houses adopted the same ideas. The Art of Giving is pleased to present examples of Louis Vuitton’s key collaborations, launched over the last several decades.

“The reason I collaborate with Louis Vuitton is that Louis Vuitton is number one in the world, and I am honored to work with them.”
Yayoi Kusama

Takashi Murakami

Louis Vuitton long-standing relationship with Takashi Murakami has led to multiple collaborations with some of the most iconic and recognizable patterns found across the Louis Vuitton brand. From Cherry Blossoms to Monogram Multicolor these prints have become iconic.

Marilyn Trunk, 2007
Estimate: 180,000 – 200,000 GBP
Louis Vuitton x Takashi Murakami | Marilyn Trunk, 2007
This steamer trunk from an edition of 5 dubbed the "Marilyn" - designed by Louis Vuitton to showcase 33 Murakami bags, one for each of the colours of the Monogram Multicolour, in Canvas Monogram multicolour canvas, alligator leather and brass. First presented in 2007, during the Murakami retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Marilyn Trunk has compartments designed to display the bags in three-quarter profile, and five additional drawers to store accessories or documents.

Perhaps more than any other major artist of his generation, 51-year-old Takashi Murakami has called into question the boundaries between art and commerce, a fascinating territory that he has explored with great success through his collaboration with Louis Vuitton. Murakami first began collaborating with the revered luxury goods producer in 2003, when Marc Jacobs joined the house as Creative Director.

Louis Vuitton x Takashi Murakami | Handbag: Monogram Multicolour canvas, alligator leather and brass

That year, Murakami took the famous Vuitton Monogram and made it his own by producing it in 33 different colours and applying it playfully on a classic bag - Time Magazine called it the number one moment in fashion of 2003.

Stephen Sprouse

Stephen Sprouse

Known for his eclectic use of colour and prints, Stephen Sprouse’s imagination became ingrained into the Louis Vuitton brand, creating some of the most sought-after collector’s items on the market. From his rose and graffiti motifs, his designs are perhaps the most recognizable.

Virgil Abloh

Virgil Abloh at Paris Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2019, Photo Credit Myles Kalus Anak Jihem
Virgil Abloh at Paris Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2019, Photo Credit Myles Kalus Anak Jihem

Louis Vuitton’s Men’s Artistic Director, is known for pushing the boundaries within his mélange of the street and sophisticated style categories, effortlessly combining juxtapositions of high and low.

Jonas Wood

Jonas Wood at TWO X TWO for AIDS and Art 2017 at The Rachofsky House on October 28, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Kevin Tachman/amfAR2017/Getty Images for amfAR)

Louis Vuitton enlisted contemporary artist Jonas Wood to collaborate on a series of accessories. Wood’s works are made by producing collages from photographs, drawings and other mediums which he then reinterprets by introducing colours, shapes and geometric patterns.

Louis Vuitton x Jonas Wood
Artycapucines Printed Stitched Leather Bag PM in Calfskin Leather and Pink, Black and White Hardware, 2019

Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama

Known for her unique art, focusing on interactive and immersive installations,Yayoi Kusama's patterns designed in conjunction with the iconic monogram canvas were easily recognized.

Louis Vuitton x Yayoi Kusama
Red Monogram Dots Infinity Neverfull MM Tote in Vachetta Leather with Goldtone Hardware, 2012
Style Expert Lydia Pili Picks her Favourite Pieces

For designer and stylist Lydia Pili, fashion, luxury and collecting has been a life-long passion. After studying at Milan’s Marangoni Institute, she worked as a shoe designer in London and co-founded luxury lifestyle blog What-To-Where, as well as launching the What-to-Where Store near Geneva. We asked Lydia to pick her favorite below.

2020 has been a challenging year for all of us. Most of us had to remain indoors with endless time to reflect on the changes we needed to make. For some, lockdown triggered a spiritual awakening, for others an urgent desire to revamp their headquarters.

Whatever the circumstances, we all experienced a certain degree of hardship! Mine was being unable to visit my mother for more than 10 months due to travel restrictions and work commitments. Tracey Emin's "My heart is with you" is, in my opinion, the perfect gift to remind our loved ones just how important they are regardless of distance, restrictions and the hurdles keeping you apart. Fancy that, my mum also just so happens to be redecorating!

Although still very unsure of what this "festive" season will bring, one sure thing is that we should all make an effort to end the year on a high. For any festive celebrations, I find a subtle hint of sparkle the perfect addition to any outfit.

My plan this Christmas is to dazzle from the waist up regardless of the circumstances. This dark blue sequin Chanel is the perfect pick me up for the woman in your life and it will continue to spark joy long after the festivities have ended. Of course, we won't judge if you end up keeping it for yourself, the excuse would be selfcare, as I think they call it?

Although a slowly dying art form, handwriting is still by far the most special and appreciated skill in my opinion. I'm a firm believer that we should trade our keypads and tablets for pen and paper. I'm personally very fond of receiving handwritten notes and letters. This set of three sterling silver and sapphire pens makes the perfect gift for the man in your life. Not only will they think of you every time they use it, but the chances are they will use them daily. Not many other gifts can boast that!

The Louis Vuitton Monogram Steamer Trunk, 1930's, makes a perfect gift for any couple. In this instance, the Louis Vuitton trunk's versatility can make it the focal point of any room and can be used as a coffee table as well as a storage unit for pillows and blankets alike. It's monogram print is timeless and its design will never go out of style. If used as a coffee table I suggest getting a custom piece of glass made to top the trunk. It can then be dressed with coffee table books and candles.

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