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The Arman Suite at the Hotel Lutetia, Paris

Le Lutetia, Paris’s first Art Deco hotel, is a Left Bank institution. Pablo Picasso and General Charles de Gaulle spent their honeymoons there; it is where James Joyce wrote part of Ulysses; and Pierre Bergé, the partner of Yves Saint-Laurent, lived for a decade in a suite on the third floor. His auction house, Pierre Bergé & Associés, is now overseeing the sale of 100 pieces from Le Lutetia’s quirky art collection—along with 3,000 items of furniture and 8,000 bottles of wine and spirits—as the hotel closed last week for a three-year renovation. Coming under the hammer in May are works of art by César, Takis and Arman, who decorated the biggest suite on a musical theme (a headboard and bronze chairs in the form of violins and plush sofas backed by instrument cases). The Arman suite, complete with a signature Shooting Colours painting, could fetch more than €250,000 alone, Le Monde reports, although it’s a fraction of the estimated €80m-€100m price tag on Le Lutetia’s five-star makeover.

From In The Frame

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