Behind the Scenes of Sotheby’s’ Sale NOW!

Behind the Scenes of Sotheby’s’ Sale NOW!

What a pleasure to show you behind the scenes of Sotheby’s’ sale, NOW!. There, we were able to see a procession of art experts in the moulded spaces of a Parisian townhouse. A timeless scenery, with a lot of pieces of furniture and works of art we were lucky enough to shoot. The Socialite Family was there for this third edition of NOW!, whose exhibition and sales will respectively happen on February 21st and 24th. We have even better for you. We took part in the project. We helped them choose cult objects, contemporary photographs and intriguing accessories, showcased in the very beautiful catalogue of the event. Different from the other auctions, the goal of NOW! is to offer a range of more “buyable” works of art. The concept NOW! is the result of a collaboration between experts of contemporary art, photography, design and tribal art, and its aim is to meet the expectations of a generation  who cares about personalising interiors. A philosophy we like, so we wanted to be part of this project. Helped by Jonas Tebib, the manager of the Photography department, Joëlle Koops and Mercedes Lámbarri Altamira, from the Contemporary Art department and Agathe de Bazin, from the Design department of Sotheby’s France, The Socialite Family answers all your questions. You’ll then be unbeatable at the ephemeral bar in the auction house on February 22nd. You can meet us there if you will, it’s open to all. And 24 hours before the sale. It may be the time to become a collector, don’t you think?

Let’s meet at Sotheby’s, 76, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré – 75008 PARIS, to attend the following events.

 

NOW! exhibition: on February 18th, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from February 20th to 22nd, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Ephemeral cocktail, open to all: February 22nd, from 6.30 to 9.30 p.m.

NOW! sale: 2017, February 23rd

Malle Louis Vuitton Vintage Coulisses vente NOW Sotheby's Hôtel particulier Paris Ouest
Experts Eames lounge chair Tableau Photographie Coulisses vente NOW Sotheby's Hôtel particulier Paris Ouest
Commode vintage Sculptures Céramiques Coulisses vente NOW Sotheby's Prise de vue Hôtel particulier
Eames Lounge Chair Coulisses vente NOW Sotheby's Hôtel particulier Paris
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Lampe vintage italienne Banc Charlotte Perriand Coulisses vente NOW Sotheby's Hôtel particulier Paris

Why is NOW! different from the other Sotherby’s auctions?

Jonas

NOW! is different from the other sales we hold at Sotheby’s because it’s multidisciplinary and accessible. While every department usually works on its own, NOW! is the result of a particular collaboration between specialists of contemporary art, photography, design and tribal art. NOW! is also different due to its selection of works and pieces of art quite affordable, some estimates starting at 300€, which enables us to target a younger and wider audience than for other sales.

How did you get this idea?

Joëlle & Anne-Hélène

Things have evolved in the past few years. The types of our customers evolved since they are now both younger and more international. We had to create an original project to meet the expectations of this new generation who cares about personalising interiors.

Who is NOW! for?

Agathe

Now you get it, NOW! is for a wide audience. You can be a neophyte or a collector, you must be able to find a lot of objects you’d like.

“Specialist” is a wide word. Can you precisely describe your role?

Mercedes

We are experts at several levels. We need to know how to meet the customers’ expectations. It starts with pieces of advice in collection management we can give, the estimates of the works, the sales proposals according to our strategy, developed in collaboration with different offices in Paris, Hong Kong, London, Milan and New York. We also advise our clients when it comes to purchasing and developing their collections.

Experts Coulisses vente NOW Sotheby's Hôtel particulier Paris
Experts Coulisses vente NOW Sotheby's Hôtel Particulier Paris
Photographies Bougie Cire Trudon Coulisses vente NOW Sotheby's Hôtel Particulier Paris

This rich and interesting sale offers lots that will appeal to a variety of tastes and stories.

Salon Hôtel particulier Coulisses vente NOW Sotheby's Paris
Méridienne collection Pippa Rena Dumas et Peter Coles Coulisses vente NOW Sotheby's Hôtel particulier Paris
Experts Coulisses vente NOW Sotheby's Hôtel particulier Paris

Did you select the objects yourselves?

Joëlle

Yes, sure. Every department selected works, in its category, considering objects perfect for this mix of genres and which meet the customers’ expectations. That’s what makes the success of NOW!.

Where do they come from? How did you choose them?

Jonas

The works come from the entire world. For example, we have a gorgeous kinetic work coming from a particular European collection, objects coming from Asia and also from the United States. We even have objects which belonged to Georges Pompidou.

What are your favourite objects?

Jonas, Joëlle, Mercedes, Anne-Hélène & Agathe

The Lamb, by François-Xavier Lalanne, is probably the mascot of the sales! But I must admit we love the Tir by Niki de Saint Phalle, the Lips by Ormond Gigli and the seat by Charlotte Perriand.

What would you advise to auctions neophytes?

Anne-Hélène

The best piece of advice we could give to someone starting a collection would be: let your instinct guide you. Buy what you love. The investment part must always remain secondary. It’s also important to be well-advised and not to hesitate to ask for help from our best specialists to answer any question you could have.

Chaise PK22 Poul Kjaerholm Coulisses vente NOW Sotheby's Hôtel particulier Paris
Sans titre C1 Claude Viallat Coulisses vente NOW Sotheby's Hôtel particulier Paris
Buste Esclave Cire Trudon Coulisses vente NOW Sotheby's Hôtel particulier Paris
Expert Paravent McDermott & McGouch Coulisses vente NOW Sotheby's Hôtel particulier Paris
Photographie Livres Charlotte Perriand Banc Coulisses vente NOW Sotheby's Hôtel particulier Paris

From when can we say we start a “collection”?

Agathe

You know, from the number of two, we are several people. So I’d say from the second purchase!

If I want to start a collection, where should I start?

Jonas, Joëlle, Anne-Hélène, Mercedes & Agathe

You first need to identify what you really like. You need to go to a lot of exhibitions, in museums, but also in galleries, auction houses, and fairs, where thousands of works are at the same place at the same moment. Don’t hesitate to ask for the prices. Even if in auction houses it’s easier because they are displayed, ask for them in galleries and start taking notes. When you’re lucky enough to find a work you really like – I mean something you’re obsessed with, day and night, this is how we recognize a collector – and which you can buy, you must go and buy it!

Concretely, how do we buy?

Jonas

You can raise the bid by physically being at the auction (an experience worth living), by making a call for the objects you’re interested in, by letting a purchase order before the sale and clarifying the maximum you want to pay, or directly on the Internet, on the website Sotheby’s.

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Lampe 597 Gianfranco Frattini Chaise Arne Jacobsen Coulisses vente NOW Sotheby's Hôtel Particulier Paris
Malle Louis Vuitton Vintage Coulisses vente NOW Sotheby's Hôtel particulier Paris
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Racine Paris Flowers by Racine Paris 28,00€
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“The Iconic Interior Design” by Dominic Bradbury and Richard Powers edited by Harry N. Abrams.

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John St. Clair swimming by David Hockey. Chromogenic print from 1976, signed and numbered 65/80 in black ink…

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Mr Porter Cire Trudon Candle 390,00€
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Let’s meet at Sotheby’s, 76, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré – 75008 PARIS, to attend the following events.

NOW! exhibition: on February 18th, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from February 20th to 22nd, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Ephemeral cocktail, open to all: February 22nd, from 6.30 to 9.30 p.m.

NOW! sale: 2017, February 23rd


 Photography : Constance Gennari – Text :  Caroline Balvay @thesocialitefamily

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