Karl Lagerfeld sketches expected to make thousands at auction

A selection of original sketches by Karl Lagerfeld are expected to sell for thousands when they’re auctioned in Florida later this month (April19)The archive of 125 original sketches and portfolios have been privately owned since the 1960s, and were d…

A selection of original sketches by Karl Lagerfeld are expected to sell for thousands when they’re auctioned in Florida later this month (April19)

The archive of 125 original sketches and portfolios have been privately owned since the 1960s, and were drawn by the late designer while he was working as a couturier at the House of Tiziani in Rome during the early stages of his career.

The sketches are expected to sell for around $1,000 (£766) to $3,000 (£2,300) each, while other portfolio collections on offer at the auction are estimated to reach between $2,000 (£1,533) and $4,000 (£3,067).

Two of the most coveted items in the collection are designs intended for Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor.

The sale is being held by Urban Culture Auctions on 18 April (19) in association with Palm Beach Modern Auctions.

Speaking about the legacy of the designs, Rico Baca, co-owner of Urban Culture Auctions, gushed over the late designer.

“These sketches are the work of one of the most brilliant couturiers of the last half century,” he reflected. “They are very rare and might not have survived had they remained in Lagerfeld’s possession.”

The collection is especially rare as the creative was renowned for not holding on to any of his work.

“I throw everything away,” he told The New Yorker magazine in 2007. “The most important piece of furniture in a house is the garbage can! I keep no archives of my own, no sketches, no photos, no clothes—nothing!”

The German couturier, who oversaw Chanel, Fendi, and his own namesake brand, died at the age of 85 on 19 February from complications of pancreatic cancer.

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