Auction of items from Johnny : memories are torn from Drouot

Vente aux enchères des objets de Johnny : les souvenirs qui se sont arrachés à Drouot

This jacket designed by ateliers Yves Saint Laurent in Paris was the centrepiece of the sale. It was designed in 1971 for Johnny Hallyday at the occasion of the film “The journey is the adventure” of Lelouch.

A collection of objects that belonged to, or devoted to Johnny Hallyday has been put to auction, Saturday, October 20, in Paris. The lots of stage costumes, handwritten letters, or portraits of the star were, for the majority put on sale by ex-wife of the rocker, Adeline Blondieau, and the father of the latter, who was nineteen years his lyricist,

With certain outfits emblematic of Johnny Hallyday in the lead of a poster, an auction of items belonging to the idols of the French song and international has made the full, this Saturday, at Drouot, without, however, panic the blows of the hammer.

Thirty parts of Adeline Blondieau, third wife of Johnny

A hundred of the pieces related with Johnny Hallyday were put on sale on some 350 lots by the house Coutau-Bégarie, in the aftermath of the release of the album posthumous the rocker “My country is the love”. Thirty came from the personal collection of Adeline Blondieau, third wife of Johnny Hallyday, a way for it to “turn the page,” she wrote in the introduction to the catalogue of the sale. The flagship piece of this collection, the dress of her first marriage with Johnny in 1990 – they were married two times before separating permanently in 1995 – has not found a purchaser. This dress, while lace and embroidered flowers signed Nina Ricci (estimated to be between 12 and 15 000 €) had finally surpassed its reserve price of 11 000 €.

The jacket on the legendary photo of “Salut les copains” sold for 9 500 €

Several objects have been purchased by “the entourage of Johnny Hallyday”, including the jacket worn by the artist on the legendary photo of the band of “Salut les Copains”, sold for 9 500 €, without charges, a-t-on learned from Fabien Lecoeuvre, a specialist in the French song and the expert for this sale. These objects are likely to be intended, according to him, to a future museum in tribute to the rocker who passed away last year.

Record sales : 25 520 € for a jacket Yves Saint Laurent

The record is held by the lot 273, a jacket of the fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent worn by Johnny during a concert in 1971 at the Palais des Sports awarded 25 520 € with fees. Among the approximately 300 people in the room, many of them were there for Claude François and Johnny. A juke-box signed by the hand of the rocker has particularly caught the attention of Lionel, “but that is just a dream,” he says. For Fabien Lecoeuvre, sales of which related to idols of the French song will always represent a “strong emotion” to the public.

A butt of gypsy smoked by Johnny sold 319 €

“People are very moved, even if they can’t buy, to see all of these cases”, he explained to the AFP. “It is a sort of mini-expo Hallyday.” Among the unusual objects of the sale, the imprints of the faces of Johnny Hallyday, Charles Aznavour and Bourvil, have found buyers, a butt of gypsy smoked by Johnny was sold to 319 € with fees. Finally, a vest embroidered leather offered to Johnny Hallyday by the motorcycle club desperados has been pulled from auction after protests from some members of the club who is the actual owner of the object. In total, the afternoon sale will be reported 315 338 €, expenses included.


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