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Monumental 19th-century French gilt bronze and porcelain centerpiece, estimated at $500-$5,000.

Christian Dior’s wizard, Tyen, consigns his collection to Akiba, Aug. 29

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DANIA BEACH, Fla. – On Tuesday, August 29, Akiba Galleries will present a sale titled Iconic Collection of Tyen. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers. The 714-lot auction features pieces from the Addison Mizner-designed Palm Beach, Florida home of Tyen, a makeup artist and photographer who is a god within the realm of high fashion.

Tyen has collaborated with Versace, Valentino and Issey Miyake, but the Vietnamese-born Frenchman is best known for his work with the house of Christian Dior. From 1980 to 2014, Tyen helped Dior shape its public image.

Do you remember the Dior ad with the woman in the red hat, sporting lush red lipstick and holding the lipstick tube against her shoulder? Tyen made it. How about the ad for Dior’s Hypnotic Poison perfume that showed Monica Bellucci with a boa constrictor draped over her bare shoulders and chest? Also Tyen.

But he produced his most notorious visual in the service of Dior Svelte, a cellulite cream. The final shot, which was the result of four days’ toil, shows a model in profile, clad only in a length of gauzy rose-red fabric. Her face is deliberately omitted in favor of focusing on her smooth, slim, unpitted thighs. This impossible-to-achieve image of beauty generated rage – particularly in Canada, where women reportedly tore down posters for the product – but it generated sales as well. In its first year on the market, Dior Svelte rung up $14 million, wholesale.

Tyen’s collection, as it appears in the August 29 Akiba sale, reflects an individual with wide-ranging interests and an eye for killer stuff. The sale lineup features French Gothic Revival furniture, Christian religious artifacts, Renaissance furniture, Chinese antiquities, and quirky collectibles. Choice pieces include a mid-century Murano glass lamp in the shape of a mushroom, sporting a shade of purple that would make for a worthy Dior lipstick, estimated at $200-$2,000; a visually striking Gothic Revival religious bronze cathedral box, estimated at $500-$5,000; five Chinese porcelain wall plaques in wooden frames, estimated at $200-$2,000; and a huge French centerpiece in gilt bronze and porcelain, estimated at $500-$5,000.

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