Paris, France (CNS) – A three-day Paris auction of Yves Saint Laurent’s paintings by Christie’s has been dubbed “the sale of the century.” A painting by Henri Matisse, one of the paintings in Yves Saint Laurent’s personal collection, sold on Monday for 32.1 million Euro ($41.1 million), and a Piet Mondrian, which inspired a colorful shift dress of his, sold for 26 million Euro ($33.3 million).
Not all paintings sold however. A Picasso, “Musical Instruments on a Table,” did not sell.
Saint Laurent died this past June from brain cancer at 71 years old. He intended to sell his paintings, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit AIDS research.
Christie’s expected the total amount the collection would gross would be 200 to 300 million Euro ($250-$380 million). On the first day of the auction, sales reached 206 million Euro ($263.6 million).