Christian Audigier, the flamboyant occasionally outrageous character who helmed the Ed Hardy and Von Dutch manner labels, was just 57 when he passed away from cancer 7 decades ago in Los Angeles. But he still left a tattoo-inked trucker hat, graphic T-shirt and embellished denim legacy on L.A. fashion. And now, his personal and assorted collection of art, home furniture, books and clothing have been consolidated and are remaining auctioned off by Abell Auction Co.
“We had to sift through a whole lot of his factors to convey to a story,” explained Todd Schireson, vice president of the L.A. auction home.
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One of the most prized items in the catalogue is a individualized Bobber motorcycle intended by legendary Yoshinobu “Yoshi” Kosaka, who has an L.A.-space bicycle store named The Garage Company. “The motorcycle has a particular look to it,” Schireson claimed. “Someone will recognize the bike for the bike alone or anyone will invest in it who appreciates Christian Audigier and will want to retain it.”
Schireson thinks the Bobber bike initially value $100,000 to tailor made layout and paint with Audigier’s identify prominently displayed.
Other vital functions consist of a large assortment of Mr. Brainwash (Thierry Guetta) paintings and numbered prints together with images of David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, Michael Jackson and other individuals. There are also numbered lithographs and prints by up to date road artist Shepard Fairey.
Audigier, who was born in France, was a excellent pal and enthusiast of French rock ‘n roll star Johnny Hallyday and gathered some of his personal products, together with a metal-studded leather-based jacket now mounted in an acrylic scenario.
The French designer, who was said to have been doing the job with Michael Jackson on a clothes and accent line, experienced a prototype of a Jackson-impressed sequined and crystal glove framed in a shadow box body.
There are also designer outfits and shoes by Ralph Lauren, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Tom Ford, Salvatore Ferragamo and Dolce & Gabbana.
Schireson believes the selection will fetch among $250,000 to $500,000.
“Christian picked every merchandise with remarkable care and enthusiasm and experienced a quintessential eye for fashion and layout,” reported Vincent Audigier, the executor of his late uncle’s estate, in a assertion. “Nothing was random.”
Audigier worked with a great deal of blue-jeans providers just before arriving in L.A., the place he started performing with the Von Dutch label. He took that model to new heights by teaming with stars these kinds of as Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, who ended up frequently found sporting the common mesh-backed Von Dutch trucker hats in the early Aughts.
The French designer left Von Dutch in 2004 to start out the Ed Hardy label, which took images by San Francisco tattoo artist Don Ed Hardy and incorporated them to various classes, which includes T-shirts, attire, purses, jackets, swimsuits, shoes and even a vodka label.
Audigier marketed Ed Hardy to Iconix Brand name Group in 2011 for $62 million.
The Audigier auction will get area on the internet May well 12 to 13. A finish catalogue of the assortment will be viewable at www.abell.com on April 29.