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Prestigious wines and rare spirits

The festivities will launch on Tuesday, August 14th at 10:30 am, with a session dedicated to prestigious wines and rare spirits. The selection, brilliantly chosen by expert Pascal Kuzniewski, includes several bottles from French private cellars. Additionally, the Bordeaux and Burgundy estates will be honoured with grands crus classés, while prestigious champagnes and foreign wines will punctuate the sale.

Of particular note is the inclusion of an exceptional vintage Carré d'As Duclot of 16 bottles from 2000, with an estimate of 20,000 euros. Fans can also get their hands on a batch of Cheval Blanc 1990, estimated at 8,000 euros for 12 bottles, or 3 bottles of Romanée-Conti 2005, 2010 and 2012, starting at 30,000 euros.

As for spirits, this bottle of Cognac Rémy Martin Grande Champagne "Louis XIII", preserved in its carafe Baccarat DB 8283, will pass under the hammer of Besch Cannes Auction for 1,300 - 1,500 euros.

According to the report of the CVV (Council of Voluntary Sales), the Cannes auction house holds the title, for the third consecutive year, as leader of wine auctions in France.

From Impressionists to Moderns

On August 15th at 2:30 pm, Jean-Pierre Besch's auction will be dedicated to modern and impressionist works of art.

The house will have the immense pleasure of presenting to collectors a piece worthy of a museum: a plaster sculpture by Auguste Rodin signed and dedicated to his friend Claude Monet. Entitled "Bacchantes enlacées", the sculpture comes directly from the family of Monet and was featured in the recent exhibition "Monet Collectionneur", held at the Musée Marmottan in Paris late last year. Created between 1896 and 1900, this unique work is estimated between 80,000 and 100,000 euros and is one of few sculptures remaining in Monet’s collection.

Several works on paper, including portraits and landscapes signed by Monet, will come under the hammer. Also included in the sale is this box of paint which, according to the members of his family, have belonged and been used by the master painter himself. The starting price is 4,000 euros.

Many works by preeminent figures of modern and impressionist art will also be within the collector's’ reach. We note in particular the presence of paintings signed by Albert Marquet, Bernard Buffet, Armand Guillaumin, or Lucien Pissarro, son of Camille, who wanted to offer Monet one of his paintings to honour the relationship between the family Pissarro and the master.

Leather Goods and Fashion Accessories

Thursday, August 16th, the final three sessions will include the categories of leather goods, jewellery and watches.

The session beginning at 11:00 am will feature some of the most notable fashion and haute-couture brands, such as Hermès, Céline, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton. The catalogue includes many pieces of leather goods, but also fashion accessories and vintage jewellery designed by famous luxury houses.

This Kelly Hermès bag in ebony crocodile with a gold-plates clasp, keys and padlock, is estimated between 5,000 and 6,000 euros. A beautiful collectable remarkably preserved by its former owner.

As for jewellery, we find in the selection a magnificent Chanel necklace from the Autumn-Winter 1984-1985 collection. The jewel, estimated between 1,000 and 1,200 euros, is interspersed with glass paste imitation pebbles in ruby and emerald with a fine cabochon detail in the centre.

Important jewellery and artists jewellery

Artists' jewels will be in the spotlight during the second session, which will begin at 2 pm, with exceptional pieces from major jewellers, such as Boucheron, Lalaounis and René Boivin.

Pierre Sterlé is a creator considered as one of the pioneers of modernist jewellery and is distinguished by his extraordinary ability to manipulate metal like no other craftsman before him. Sterlé drew inspiration from the artists he met, such as Colette and Jean Cocteau. This ring dating from 1956 comes from a private collection, its unstructured lines are a testimony to Sterlé’s modernist approach, and his ability to maintain a certain visual balance. This platinum jewel is adorned with an emerald and pavé diamonds weighing about 3 carats. The estimate hovers over 15,000 euros.

Modern and vintage watches

The final session will focus on modern and collectable watches, with a flagship Rolex Submariner with quite a special provenance.

This model, made in 2009, is part of an edition of 30 copies that were ordered by President Jacques Chirac during the dissolution of the Security Group of the Presidency of the Republic (GSPR), following the election of Nicolas Sarkozy.

The peculiarity of this copy lies in the coat of arms of G.S.P.R. in silver and enamel affixed to the dial, as well as the registration of the limited serial number and years of life in the group. The bottom of the box, meanwhile, is engraved with the badge of the group. This exclusive model is documented in the work of Guido Mondani, its estimate is set between 70,000 and 72,000 euros.

Needless to say, this selection of items represents only a small glimpse of the vast choice that will be presented to collectors during the five sessions.

More information on sales can be found here.

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