The 5 million dollar Henri Matisse scarf
In usual top-dollar auction news, following Princess Beatrice’s AED 500,000 Philip Treacy hat and Marilyn Monroe’s AED 17 million dress, a scarf has sold £3 million (AED 18 million) after a bidding war at Christie’s in London.
The multimillion-dollar scarf, technically a wall panel but nobody would care about one that costs $5 million, is a Henri Matisse design called Oceanie, La Mer. Henri Matisse was a French artist who collaborated with Zika Ascher, founder of luxury scarf makers Ascher Studio, when the latter went to Paris in 1946 to scout for artists who would lend their creative expertise to Ascher’s pieces.
$5 million? We can’t believe it either.
Other artists he managed to convince on his Parisian business trip include Pablo Picasso and Henry Moore. The scarf-slash-wall-panel reportedly fetched an astronomical selling price because it was an original design which has survived decade after decade, and was produced in a limited run of just 30 pieces.
Makes $500 designer scarves look affordable now, doesn’t it?