Sculptures, drawings, crystal ball: 300 objects from the last home, on the Brittany coast, of the Spanish couturier Paco Rabanne were sold for a total of more than 440,000 euros (including fees) Saturday at an auction in Brest.
The highlight of the sale was a chain mail dress with floral patterns, created by Paco Rabanne in 1966, which was sold for 29,000 euros (excluding fees). It was acquired by the Maison Paco Rabanne, auctioneer Yves Cosquéric told AFP. "They bought a lot of things: the two dresses, the gold die and needle, dress designs and awards" that the couturier had received, said Yves Cosquéric. Generally speaking, "all the lots were contested. It's a great success," said the auctioneer.
A crystal ball that belonged to the couturier, who had predicted in 1999 the fall of the Mir station in Paris, was snapped up at 1,050 euros. A bottle of perfume was sold for 1400 euros, while the sofa in confidant, created by Paco Rabanne for his house in Portsall (Finistère), was sold for 7,200 euros. The golden dice and the golden needle of French Haute Couture found takers at 3000 euros each. A long dress in purple velvet was sold for 6500 euros while a set of 55 designs of dresses was sold for 2700 euros. "Paco Rabanne attached little importance to the aftermath. He was a mystic, he lived in everyday life. He told (his universal legatee) you do what you want, if you feel like it, you sell everything. That's what happened," Cosquéric told AFP before the sale.
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Among the income from the sale (about 353,000 euros excluding costs), "there are 60% who go to the State to pay inheritance tax," said the auctioneer, because the universal legatee is not a close relative of the couturier. Famous for his futuristic metal outfits, as well as his eccentric statements, the designer died at the age of 88 in his beachfront home in Portsall. His family had taken refuge in France after the Spanish Civil War.