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March 19, 2012

Photos and Letters from Coco Chanel Auctioned

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Last week there was an auction of Serge Lifar’s Ballet Russes archive in Geneva, Switzerland. Serge Lifar was a good friend of Coco Chanel’s and the principal dancer of the Ballet Russes in the late 1920′s – a Ballet company that Coco Chanel patronized and she designed costumes for.

Serge Lifar’s archive included signed photos of Coco Chanel and a letter from Coco to him. The letter from Coco Chanel was estimated to fetch $500 at auction but instead the winning bid was $450,000. The letter was accompanied with two black and white photos of Coco Chanel. That’s better than any autograph, imagine owning something written in Mlle. Chanel’s own hand!  This is a big deal for so many reasons, especially since she did not keep written correspondence instead destroying her paper trail.  The collection also included some photos of Coco Chanel that I have not seen before – view all the Coco Chanel-related materials that went to auction below…


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  1. do you have any of this ítems 4 sale?
    i’m interested in the picture of coco chanel signed by her

    Comment by wendy — November 28, 2013 @ 7:32 pm

  2. i need a photo or something autograpk by coco chanel, do u have something i can buy from u?

    Comment by wendy — December 10, 2013 @ 7:43 pm

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