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Sotheby’s to sell Gunter Sachs’ £20m surrealist and pop art collection

"Brigitte Bardot" by Andy Warhol. The 1974 silkscreen will be included in the auction of the Gunter Sachs Collection, to be sold by Sotheby’s in London on May 22-23. Estimate: £3,000,000– 4,000,000

"Brigitte Bardot" by Andy Warhol. The 1974 silkscreen will be included in the auction of the Gunter Sachs Collection, to be sold by Sotheby’s in London on May 22-23. Estimate: £3,000,000– 4,000,000

Nearly 300 art works belonging to one of the most fun-loving of playboys, the late Gunter Sachs, are to be auctioned in London with a collective asking price of more than £20m.

Sachs was known for his glamorous jet-setting lifestyle but Sotheby’s director Cheyenne Westphal, the auction house’s chair of contemporary art in Europe, said the works also reveal his “little-known side as one of the most visionary and influential collectors of the 20th century”.

It was, she said, “among the most desirable single-owner collections ever to come to market”.

The collection includes pop art by Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein; surrealist pieces by René Magritte, Salvador Dalí and Max Ernst; works by Arman and Yves Klein; and furniture by some of the world’s most revered cabinet-makers and designers including Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann and Louis Majorelle.

The sale will include works depicting his second wife Brigitte Bardot, over whose house he dropped 1,000 red roses from a helicopter hours after meeting her.

There will be Warhol’s 1974 silkscreen portrait of Bardot – estimated at up to £4m – as well as Richard Avedon’s source photograph from 1959, a limited edition print estimated at £40,000-£60,000.

Sachs killed himself at his Gstaad chalet last year aged 78, leaving a note explaining he would rather die than live with a “hopeless” illness.

It followed a life many would envy. Sachs inherited his billions from his mother, a member of the Opel car dynasty and his father, co-owner of one of Germany’s biggest car parts suppliers.

Sachs put his money to the pursuit of pleasure, once boasting that he never “worked a day in my life.” Ruggedly handsome – they called him “Sexy” Sachs in the sixties – he could be the epitome of playboyishness, living life in a whirl of jets, beautiful women and champagne. He once turned up at a party dressed as Kaiser Wilhelm and he was chairman of the St Moritz bobsleigh club.

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