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Lagerfeld Belongings Fetch $21.7M

April 30, 2000

PARIS (AP) _ A sale of 18th century furniture and art objects belonging to Karl Lagerfeld fetched a fashionable amount _ $21.7 million.

The collection, 320 pieces of furniture, silver, china and other art objects, brought Christie’s Monaco action house its second-biggest sale ever, Christie’s said late Saturday. The top-selling item was a Louis XV vase, which went for more than $1.1 million.

Lagerfeld’s treasures, amassed over 20 years, were widely regarded as one of the most prestigious collections in private hands, with rare objects by the leading names in 18th cabinetmaking and design.

The objects come from homes he no longer owns, and says he ``can’t stand to see them in a less perfect setting.″

Fifty of the German fashion designer’s 18th century paintings, including masterpieces by Jean-Honore Fragonard and Francois Boucher, are to go up for auction May 23 in New York.

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