Gunter Sachs' art sells for £35m

24 May 2012

Art owned by Gunter Sachs, the late German billionaire playboy and former husband of Brigitte Bardot, has been sold for £35.6m at auction in London.

The top lot was one of Andy Warhol's last self-portraits, which went under the hammer at Sotheby's for £5.4m.

Sachs, who took his own life last year aged 78, was married to French actress Bardot for three years in the 1960s.

A Warhol portrait of her, commissioned by Sachs five years after the couple divorced, sold for just over £3m.

Following heated bidding, a complete set of furniture made by pop artist Allen Jones, including a table, chair and hatstand made from female mannequins in leather outfits, fetched £4.1m, some 20 times the pre-auction estimate.

Warhol's portrait of Sachs himself fetched £1.3m, while the artist's 1964 work The Kiss (Bela Lugosi) was bought for £3.2m, a record for a Warhol work on paper.

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