Global recession? Not at the Christie's auction of the artwork collected by designer Yves Saint Laurent and his partner, Pierre Berge. There are still two more auction evenings remaining. It will be interesting to see what those bring. The highest price ever for a Matisse was paid last night for a still-life of cowslips in a vase, Les coucous, tapis bleu et rose at €39.5 million! The estimate was €12-18 million.
The painting, Instruments de Musique sur un Guéridon, by Pablo Picasso, with an estimate of €25 to 30 million, failed to attract any bids at all.
What strange times these are.