Pierre Le-Tan, the memory of a discreet and whimsical bargain hunter

A little more than a year after the disappearance of the designer, Sotheby’s is selling some 400 lots from its atypical collection and works by his hand.

“The collection I know best and which is difficult for me to talk about is obviously mine. She is elusive ”, wrote the late Pierre Le-Tan, in his book Some collectors, published in 2013, by Flammarion. I have owned, I can tell, thousands of items. Even if today most of them are just memories, I continue to seek, to find, to acquire. Acquisition being, for some mysterious reason, the most important act, like that of the player throwing a dice. The idea of ​​speculation has never crossed my mind, nor that of “decoration”. Collecting is both essential and perfectly useless to me ”, he continues.

Over the years, without ever worrying about fashions, this rare object hunter has accumulated hundreds of finds in his apartment on the Place du Palais-Bourbon, in Paris. Some 400 pieces are for sale on March 16, for the most important and, for the others, online from March 9 to 17, at an estimate of around 1 to 1.5 million euros.

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