From the Personal Collection of Elsa Schiaparelli: Highlights From the Upcoming Christie’s Auction

In January, Christie’s will auction 190 lots from the personal collection of legendary fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli in Paris. The items for sale come from model-actress Marisa Berenson, Schiaparelli’s granddaughter.

“Madame Elsa Schiaparelli—a deadly rival of Coco Chanel—was at the heart of avant-garde ideas in 1930s Paris,” the Christie’s notes read. “A powerful conduit between the worlds of cutting-edge fashion and surrealist art, she was a collaborator, friend, and patron to many leading artists of the day, from Salvador Dali’ and Man Ray to Jean Cocteau, Alberto and Diego Giacometti”

The 190 auction lots comprise fashion—from her personal wardrobe—furniture, decorative items, and fine art.


From left: Elsa Schiaparelli 1939 silk shirt, expected to fetch between $25,000 and $30,000; Elsa Schiaparelli 1940 bolero in silk crepe, expected to fetch between $15,000 and $20,000; Elsa Schiaparelli 1940 mink coat, expected to fetch between $10,000 and $15,000. Top: Horst P. Horst photograph of Schiaparelli, 1937, expected to fetch between $10,000 and $12,000.

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