Pierre Hebey, photographed by Karl Lagerfeld Pierre Hebey, photographed by Karl Lagerfeld

On 22nd-23rd February, one of the most important collections of Post-War and Contemporary art, rare modern books, Art Deco and French sculpture will come to auction at Artcurial, as the Paris-based auction house will host the sale of Pierre Hebey's collection.

Following a series of exhibitions in Brussels, Milan, Munich and Vienna, the much anticipated sale Le regard de Pierre Hebey – Les Passions Moderées will take place this month. The event, organised in collaboration with Camard & Associés, celebrates the artistic passion of collector Pierre Hebey.

Hebey's collection, which he built up over 40 years along with his wife Geneviève, is one of the most important French collections of 20th century artwork.

"The Artcurial exhibition of Pierre Hebey's collection invites passionate art lovers to discover the eclecticism, the personality, the education, elegance, poetry, mystery and great emotion of a collector who has gone down in this century's history," said Fabien Naudan, vice-president of Artcurial.

The couple were passionate about collecting important pieces of Art Deco furntiure and objects. With Yves Saint-Laurent, Hélène Rochas and Karl Lagerfeld, they constituted one of the greatest art deco collections in the world.

The sale on 23rd February, has an incredible 150 pieces on offer include leading artists who represented the Art Deco movement such as: Eugène Printz, Maurice Jallot, Jean Dunand, Jacques Émile Ruhlmann, Paul Iribe, Paul Dupré-Lafon, Jean-Michel Frank, Louis Süe and André Mare. Works of art by Jean Mayodon, André Thuret, Adrien Dalpayrat, René Lalique and André Metthey will also feature.

Hebey specialised in intellectual property law and gained a reputation as a lawyer advising famous French actors and as well as artists such as Max Ernst, Jean Tinguely, Niki de Saint Phalle and Bram Van Velde.

The Modern Art, Post-War and Contemporary Art collection belonging to Pierre and Geneviève Hebey not only reflects the couple's artistic taste but also their friendships with certain artists. Some 60 works of art by artists who were friends of the couple including Pierre Alchinsky, Pierre Soulages, Jean Tinguely, Wifredo Lam, Jean-Pierre Pincemin, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Bram van Velde will be going under the gavel.

As a writer and bibliophile himself, Hebey built up a collection of artistic and humanist books specialising in Surrealist and Dadaist movements. The auction will offer some remarkable books from this collection including literary classics and several illustrated books by Jean Arp, Joan Miró, Man Ray and Hans Bellmer.

Hebey's collection of 19th century French sculptures, which is almost 200 pieces strong, will include works by Antoine- Louis Barye, Emmanuel Fremiet, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux and Christophe Fratin.

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