BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | Saint Laurent art goes to auction: “The biggest ever sale of privately owned art will begin later, when Yves Saint Laurent’s collection and that of his former partner go under the hammer.
Over three days in Paris, the work the late fashion designer and Pierre Berge amassed over half a century is expected to fetch up to 300m euros (£260m).
Meanwhile, a ruling is expected on China’s legal bid to stop the sale of two 18th Century bronze statues. Beijing says the relics were looted 150 years ago and should be in a museum.
Mr Berge has said China would have to greatly improve its attitude towards human rights before he would consider handing them over.
Over the weekend, art lovers and investors queued for hours outside the Grand Palais for their only chance to see the collection of 733 items, from paintings by Picasso to ancient Egyptian sculptures.”