After marrying his husband Char Defrancesco, Marc Jacobs is decidedly subscribing to the suburban lifestyle. The designer is moving to from his Manhattan digs to upstate New York—and he’s putting up his extensive art collection up for sale before his fresh start.
Teaming up with none other than Sothebys, the pieces are set to go on sale at varying contemporary art auctions throughout the next two months. Among the selection is ‘Helena’ by American painter John Currin, a painting depicting Helen of Troy from Richard Strauss’s opera, Die ägyptische Helena.
Also up for grabs are three of the renowned artist Elizabeth Peyton’s drawings ‘Gavin in Seattle’, ‘Kurt Writing’ and ‘Gardenia Sofia’. The collection also includes works by pop art artist Ed Ruscha, Jean Dunand, Jean-Michel Frank, Diego Giacometti, Alberto Giacometti and Francois-Xavier Lalanne.
Each of the pieces have served a specific purpose for Jacobs throughout his career. For example, a piece by Dunand’s served as the inspiration for the packaging for the designer’s Marc Jacobs Beauty line.
“The piece is so tactile. It makes a statement; it’s black, but it’s soft and shiny. When we had this meeting about our packaging for beauty, I knew I wanted it to look like 30 coats of piano lacquer,” he explained in an interview with Sotheby’s Chairman Amy Cappellezzo.
The auctions are set to start place in November, with the first taking place on November 11, and three to follow in December in New York City.