Christian Audigier, the flamboyant in some cases outrageous character who helmed the Ed Hardy and Von Dutch manner labels, was just 57 when he handed absent from most cancers seven many years ago in Los Angeles. But he remaining a tattoo-inked trucker hat, graphic T-shirt and embellished denim legacy on L.A. vogue. And now, his private and diverse collection of art, home furnishings, guides and clothes have been consolidated and are being auctioned off by Abell Auction Co.
“We experienced to sift by means of a lot of his things to notify a tale,” reported Todd Schireson, vice president of the L.A. auction house.
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A person of the most prized products in the catalogue is a customized Bobber bike designed by legendary Yoshinobu “Yoshi” Kosaka, who has an L.A.-region bike store known as The Garage Corporation. “The motorcycle has a specific seem to it,” Schireson stated. “Someone will enjoy the motorbike for the bike alone or anyone will acquire it who appreciates Christian Audigier and will want to maintain it.”
Schireson believes the Bobber motorbike at first price $100,000 to custom design and style and paint with Audigier’s title prominently exhibited.
Other significant is effective include things like a huge selection of Mr. Brainwash (Thierry Guetta) paintings and numbered prints like photographs of David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson and other folks. There are also numbered lithographs and prints by up to date street artist Shepard Fairey.
Audigier, who was born in France, was a terrific good friend and supporter of French rock ‘n roll star Johnny Hallyday and gathered some of his individual merchandise, like a metallic-studded leather-based jacket now mounted in an acrylic situation.
The French designer, who was reported to have been working with Michael Jackson on a clothes and accent line, had a prototype of a Jackson-motivated sequined and crystal glove framed in a shadow box body.
There are also designer clothes and footwear by Ralph Lauren, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Tom Ford, Salvatore Ferragamo and Dolce & Gabbana.
Schireson thinks the collection will fetch in between $250,000 to $500,000.
“Christian picked every single product with exceptional treatment and enthusiasm and experienced a quintessential eye for manner and layout,” explained Vincent Audigier, the executor of his late uncle’s estate, in a statement. “Nothing was random.”
Audigier worked with a whole lot of blue-jeans companies in advance of arriving in L.A., the place he began doing work with the Von Dutch label. He took that brand to new heights by teaming with stars this sort of as Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, who ended up typically noticed sporting the popular mesh-backed Von Dutch trucker hats in the early Aughts.
The French designer remaining Von Dutch in 2004 to begin the Ed Hardy label, which took images by San Francisco tattoo artist Don Ed Hardy and integrated them to a variety of classes, such as T-shirts, attire, purses, jackets, swimsuits, shoes and even a vodka label.
Audigier bought Ed Hardy to Iconix Manufacturer Group in 2011 for $62 million.
The Audigier auction will consider put on the internet Could 12 to 13. A full catalogue of the assortment will be viewable at www.abell.com on April 29.