The Christie’s auction includes Alice Springs’s 1989 portrait of André Leon Talley.
André Leon Talley was not only a trendsetter in the world of what he called the “chiffon trenches,” but he was also a trailblazer for Black designers, stylists, and journalists. Perhaps best known for his work as editor-at-large of Vogue magazine, Talley, who died last January at the age of seventy-three, forged meaningful relationships with tastemakers like Anna Wintour, Diana Vreeland, Karl Lagerfeld, and Diane von Furstenberg. But before that, he was a boy growing up in Durham, North Carolina, where he papered his pink bedroom walls with pages from Vogue and wore starched white shirts to Mount Sinai Baptist Church, a central institution in his life. “Going to church, the way you dressed, you learned how to be,” he once told G&G.
Next month, Christie’s is auctioning the icon’s personal collection of art, fashion, decor, jewelry, and more treasures in a series of sales beginning February 15, preceded by a world tour of collection highlights, currently at Christie’s Palm Beach location on historic Worth Avenue until January 31. The 448 items reflect his friendships with artists, eccentric fashion sense, and love of couture. Most notably, portraits and photographs of Talley are up for sale, along with designer sunglasses, vibrant kaftans, and limited-edition handbags.
Proceeds from the auction will go to causes Talley supported in his life, including Mount Sinai Baptist. Below, a look at a handful of items for sale.