The ‘Melanges’ collection, an exceptional and broad-ranging group of works from the collections of the Comte and Comtesse de Viel Castel, has been acquired privately. Having been approached, via Sotheby’s, with a purchase offer for the entire contents of the sale, the vendors have chosen to accept the offer. As a result, the auction, which had been scheduled for 12 September at Sotheby’s in Paris will not take place. Assembled over many years, the group of works embraces everything from rare examples of French cabinet-making to Post-War and Contemporary works of art. Together, they will remain a lasting monument to an elegant international lifestyle anchored in French taste and culture.