Fashion History Up For Local Auction Featuring Elizabeth Taylor and Karl Lagerfeld

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High Fashion meets Hollywood at a West Palm Beach auction this weekend.   Sketches from iconic designer Karl Lagerfeld will go to the highest bidder. But these aren’t just any sketches. These are drawings he made while working for the House of Tiziani 50 years ago. They’re not just any dresses. Some of the sketches are dresses specifically made for the one and only Elizabeth Taylor.

Today, Lagerfeld is recognized around the world for his stark white hair and dark sunglasses. He’s at the top of the fashion world after making a name for himself at Fendi, Chloe and Chanel. But 50 years ago, he was an up and coming designer working at Tiziani, the Rome-based fashion house that designed movie costumes and clothing for Taylor and other celebrities.

Tiziani’s founder, Evan Richards, kept hundreds of Lagerfeld’s designs and sketchbooks together with other work produced for the fashion house in the 1960s; subsequent owners maintained the archive.

“The auction also includes several signed photos and personal notes from Elizabeth Taylor to Tiziani,” said auctioneer Rico Baca of Palm Beach Modern Auctions.

Nearly three years after her death, Taylor’s allure is still expected to draw a crowd.

“Elizabeth Taylor remains connected to the gay community. She said she never had a purpose in life until she fought against HIV. She may be gone, but that connection still lives on,” Baca said.

Along with memorabilia between Richards and Taylor, Lagerfeld’s work is the highlight of the auction. The fact that these sketches exist is somewhat miraculous. Lagerfeld is notorious for discarding sketches that don’t make the cut. In 2007, he told The New Yorker, “I throw everything away!” adding, “The most important piece of furniture in a house is the garbage can! I keep no archives of my own, no sketches, no photos, no clothes — nothing!”

“Karl Lagerfeld is a living legend. After 50 years in fashion he remains an icon. There isn’t anybody else who can touch him,” Baca told SFGN.

This week, the auction got a special shout out on Twitter from someone very close to Lagerfeld – his cat Choupette who tweeted ‘Daddy is up for auction (sort of…)’

All forms of bidding will be available, including live via the Internet through

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Pre-Auction Party
When: Thursday, January 9 at 5 p.m.
Where: Palm Beach Modern Auctions Exhibition Center
417 Bunker Rd, West Palm Beach, FL 33405

The Auction:
When: Saturday, January 11 at 12 p.m.
Where: Palm Beach Modern Auctions Exhibition Center
417 Bunker Rd, West Palm Beach, FL 33405

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