LOS ANGELES – Personal belongings of the French fashion designer and marketing phenomenon Christian Audigier – who attracted celebrities such as Michael Jackson, Madonna and Britney Spears to promote the Von Dutch and Ed Hardy fashion lines – will be offered on May 12-13 at Abell Auction Co., starting at 9 am Pacific time each day. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
An eclectic collection of graffiti-inspired street art, vintage Harley Davidson motorcycles, and signed celebrity photographs and letters will highlight the sale, which includes more than 650 lots. Special-edition sneakers and accessories as well as designer furniture and fashion from Audigier’s sprawling Los Angeles-area estate will be offered as well. Items range in value from $50 to $50,000.
“Christian selected every item with exceptional care and passion, and had a quintessential eye for fashion and design,” said Vincent Audigier, nephew of the late designer. “Nothing was random. Everything he owned was the very best and represented his unique lifestyle. Christian loved being the life of the party and the center of attention, and celebrities wanted to be around him.”
Inspired by his love of rock n’ roll, Audigier’s career began in his native France and skyrocketed in the U.S. after he licensed the designs of San Francisco tattoo artist Don Ed Hardy in the early 2000s. At the height of his career, he formed relationships with many A-list celebrities who popularized the Ed Hardy fashion line, known for the rhinestone-studded artwork that decorated hats, tee-shirts, jackets, shoes and a variety of other licensed products.
Highlighted auction items include original paintings and numbered prints by street pop artist Mr. Brainwash (aka Thierry Guetta) including The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson, Muhammad Ali and Bowie (DIPTYCH). This last is estimated at $6,000-$8,000.
Also of interest is a selection of signed photographs from Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Christo, Madonna and Sylvester Stallone, who is represented by a group of two photographs and an inscribed Rocky poster, together estimated at $50-$100. Signed letters and notes from Jennifer Hudson, Nicole Kidman, Hillary Clinton, Madonna and Paris Hilton are also included.
Furnishings and fittings owned by Audigier include two pairs of Art Deco-style club chairs, each estimated at $300-$500; a handsomely weathered set of two Southeast Asian wood carvings of elephants, estimated at $300-$400; a large table lamp in the form of a black stallion, estimated at $50-$100; and a set of Z Gallerie Skull-pattern bowls, plates, cups and other pieces, collectively estimated at $50-$100.
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