Christian Audigier, the flamboyant at times outrageous character who helmed the Ed Hardy and Von Dutch fashion labels, was just 57 when he handed absent from most cancers 7 yrs back 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 personalized and assorted assortment of art, furniture, guides and clothing have been consolidated and are being auctioned off by Abell Auction Co.
“We experienced to sift through a ton of his factors to tell a story,” said Todd Schireson, vice president of the L.A. auction property.
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One of the most prized goods in the catalogue is a customized Bobber motorbike developed by legendary Yoshinobu “Yoshi” Kosaka, who has an L.A.-space bicycle shop named The Garage Business. “The motorbike has a specified search to it,” Schireson stated. “Someone will respect the bike for the bike alone or someone will obtain it who appreciates Christian Audigier and will want to continue to keep it.”
Schireson thinks the Bobber motorcycle at first cost $100,000 to custom made design and style and paint with Audigier’s name prominently shown.
Other crucial works consist of a substantial assortment of Mr. Brainwash (Thierry Guetta) paintings and numbered prints which includes photos of David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson and other folks. There are also numbered lithographs and prints by modern street artist Shepard Fairey.
Audigier, who was born in France, was a good close friend and lover of French rock ‘n roll star Johnny Hallyday and collected some of his private products, such as a metallic-studded leather jacket now mounted in an acrylic scenario.
The French designer, who was reported to have been doing the job with Michael Jackson on a clothing and accessory line, had a prototype of a Jackson-influenced sequined and crystal glove framed in a shadow box frame.
There are also designer clothing and footwear by Ralph Lauren, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Tom Ford, Salvatore Ferragamo and Dolce & Gabbana.
Schireson believes the selection will fetch involving $250,000 to $500,000.
“Christian selected each individual merchandise with remarkable care and enthusiasm and experienced a quintessential eye for fashion and style,” mentioned Vincent Audigier, the executor of his late uncle’s estate, in a assertion. “Nothing was random.”
Audigier labored with a great deal of blue-jeans organizations before arriving in L.A., wherever he commenced doing the job with the Von Dutch label. He took that model to new heights by teaming with celebrities these types of as Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, who were frequently seen sporting the popular mesh-backed Von Dutch trucker hats in the early Aughts.
The French designer still left Von Dutch in 2004 to commence the Ed Hardy label, which took photographs by San Francisco tattoo artist Don Ed Hardy and included them to numerous categories, which includes T-shirts, attire, purses, jackets, swimsuits, shoes and even a vodka label.
Audigier sold Ed Hardy to Iconix Brand Team in 2011 for $62 million.
The Audigier auction will acquire position on-line May perhaps 12 to 13. A comprehensive catalogue of the collection will be viewable at www.abell.com on April 29.