The Personal Collection of André Leon Talley, Tastemaking ‘Vogue’ Icon, Heads to Christie’s

Peter McGough, André Leon Talley wearing a fur hat, offered in the auction. Courtesy of Christie's.

Christie’s is auctioning The Collection of André Leon Talley this month, with viewings in New York, Paris, and Palm Beach. Talley was a commanding presence in the fashion world and the first Black man to hold the title of Creative Director of American Vogue. He amassed a notable collection of haute couture, decorative and fine art, books, memorabilia, and more before his death last year at the age of 73. The 68-lot sale opens for online bidding January 27, culminating in a live New York sale on February 15.

All proceeds will benefit two charities close to Talley’s heart, the Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York and Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church in Durham, North Carolina, his childhood church. Palm Beach viewings run January 18–28, with Paris slated for January 19–24. All components will reunite for a New York City viewing from February 10–14. 

Andy Warhol, Candy Box (True Love). Courtesy of Christie’s.

An Andy Warhol work is poised to bring the show’s highest earnings, with a $150,000-$200,000 estimate. The red and black image of a candy box is dated 1984 and was a gift to Talley from the man often considered the father of pop art.

“It was an honor for us to have the opportunity to look through the seemingly countless beautiful possessions he held so dear to his heart,” said Elizabeth Seigel, head of Private and Iconic Collections at Christie’s. Some pieces were selected by Savannah College of Art and Design, where Talley was a longtime member of the SCAD Board of Trustees, a commencement speaker, and a frequent instructor of masterclasses.

Personalized Monogram train case, set of two (ca. 2007). Courtesy of Christie’s.

An area of particular focus is a cache of Louis Vuitton luggage, said Seigel. “It is such an honor to steward these luxurious steam trunks of all shapes and sizes that traveled the world alongside Mr. Talley, many monogrammed or emblazoned with his name,” she added. “One particularly iconic example is the train case that sat atop Mr. Talley’s lap during a brief cameo in the Sex and the City movie.” The case comes in a set of two, which is estimated to fetch $2,000–$3,000.

In a concurrent sale, Christie’s Paris location is hosting “De Chanel à Saint Laurent, Une Garde-Robe Haute Couture.” Within the 115 lots of cocktail dresses, evening gowns, and elegant pantsuits, there’s enough Dior, Lacroix, and other accessible couture pieces to curate an impeccable wardrobe for seasons to come. The online sale runs January 11–25, with public viewing January 19–24.

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