YSL on the Auction Block

Yves Saint Laurent’s embroidered jacket inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s “Sunflowers” painting is going up for auction at Christie’s in Paris next month.

One of the world’s most expensive items, according to the Fashion Network, the bright yellow jacket took more than 600 hours to make and was part of Saint Laurent’s 1988 Spring/Summer collection, modelled at the time by Naomi Campbell.

It is thought there were only four of the sequin jackets ever made, created for a private client and estimated to be worth between 80,000 and 120,000 euros each.

A similar jacket from the same collection inspired by irises was sold for 175,000 euros at an auction in January, substantially beating its guide price by four times.

Currently, the piece is on display at the YSL Museum; the auction will take place on November 27.

Bidding for fashion seems to be in the air. The actress Olivia Newton-John, aka Sandy Olsson in the cult-classic Grease, is auctioning off 500 outfits and memorabilia spanning her career to raise money for the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute.

Among the pieces going under the hammer are the iconic leather jacket and skin-tight black outfit she was famously sewn into, worn at the end of the film for the “You’re the One that I Want” song. It is expected to fetch $200,000.

The auction takes place this weekend in Beverly Hills at Julien’s Auctions.

Image courtesy of CHRISTIE'S IMAGES LTD. 2019


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