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Christie's South Kensington's 20th Century Week

16/02/2008, By

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Christie’s South Kensington will be celebrating all that was cool about the 20th century this Spring with a week of sales dedicated to the designs, fashions and visual arts that shaped an era. The newly refurbished salerooms will be filled with multitudes of items guaranteed to evoke memories of quirky 1960s and 70s interiors, the fashions that shaped the 1940s to the1980s, silent-movies and iconic film and pop-stars. The salerooms will be open from Saturday 1st March and throughout the weekend, providing the perfect opportunity for a weekend walk down memory lane.

Inspired Interiors - Modern Design on Tuesday 4th March at 10.30am; this sale features a superb selection of pioneering Modern Design furniture, prints and decorative objects, charting the history of Design in the 20th Century. From tables, chairs and lighting to wall panels, vases and other decorative arts, the sale provides a fantastic entry into this inspiring collecting area for both those wanting to begin a collection and those wanting to furnish their home with a quirky piece of furniture. Estimates start from £500.

The Fashionistas’ heaven returns when Christie’s South Kensington holds its 20th Century Fashion & Accessories sale on 4th March at Christie’s South Kensington’s newly refurbished salerooms. Featuring handbags, costume jewellery, shoes, evening gowns, day dresses, suits and more, the sale contains selections from all the looks, trends and fashions that dressed the last century.

The sale is a paradise for those looking for a truly unique piece to wear, or those in search of design inspiration. Estimates start at £150, and with plenty of opportunity for weekend browsing and trying on, the sale presents a fabulous opportunity to create a really unique style at an affordable price.

Leading the sale are selections from two Couture Wardrobes, representing Parisian elegance from different eras. The first comprises several ‘New Look’ style dresses and coats by the 1950s master of fashion, Pierre Balmain. With their tiny waists and full skirts, these are the epoch of feminine romance in the Golden Age of Couture.

Later but no less alluring, a couture wardrobe by Christian Dior from the 1980s includes dramatic coats and extravagant evening gowns, all of unsurpassed quality and sublime elegance (estimates start from £150). Additionally, a wide range of vintage Louis Vuitton luggage and steamer trunks sets this sale apart (estimates from £400).

Christie’s will be offering a fabulous array of Vintage Film Posters on Wednesday 5th March, giving collectors and film-buffs the perfect opportunity to expand their collection, or buy a memento of their favourite film. The sale goes on view from Saturday 1 March at 10am, giving potential buyers the perfect opportunity to see what is offered and chat to specialists if they are new to buying at auction.

The sale features sections devoted to popular areas including James Bond, Westerns, Horror and Science Fiction, Steve McQueen, Audrey Hepburn and Alfred Hitchcock, with estimates typically starting from £200 upwards.

There is a particularly strong James Bond section including top collectible titles such as Dr. No (1962) and From Russia With Love (1963), and many other Bond posters with estimates starting at £300. Other highlights include rare and much-sought-after posters such as Attack of the 50ft Woman, 1958 (estimate: £3,500-4,500) and The Forbidden Planet (estimate: £4,000-6,000). The sale also offers a clutch of more affordable temptations such as My Fair Lady, 1964 (estimate: £300-500), The Astounding She Monster (estimate: £300-500) and Barbarella (estimate: £500-700).

Christie's vintage poster sales continue to be very popular among collectors and those seeking an enduring image from their favourite film. Collectible categories include science fiction, horror, film noir, Alfred Hitchcock, James Bond, musicals and westerns. Highlights have included a U.S. one-sheet poster for The Mummy, 1932, which sold for £80,750 in 2001 and a spectacular U.S. six-sheet for The Outlaw depicting a seductive Jane Russell that sold for £52,875 (2003).

Saturday 1st March to Wednesday 5th March
Free Public View from 1st March
Christie’s South Kensington
85 Old Brompton Road
London SW7 3LD
Monday 9 am to 7.30 pm
Tuesday to Friday 9 am to 5 pm
Saturday & Sunday 10 am to 4 pm
Public Information: +44 (0)20 7930 6074

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