Sotheby’s London has announced an auction of nearly 300 pieces from legendary German playboy Gunther Sachs’ art collection on May 22 and 23. Known — in art circles at least — for his large collection of surrealist and pop-art paintings, as well as street art and furniture, Sachs took his own life last May due to a “hopeless disease,” widely reported to have been Alzheimer’s. Sachs had been living in the Swiss enclave of Gstaad for some time, amongst other worldwide gallivanting — he once laid claim to turning St. Tropez from a small fishing village into the luxus monstrosity it is today.
Estimated to bring in more than £20 million ($31.4 million), the auction features some of the top pieces from his collection. Cheyenne Westphal, head of Contemporary art for Sotheby’s Europe said that the sale reveals his, “little known side as one of the most visionary and influential collectors of the 20 Century,” adding that it is, “among the most desirable single-owner collections ever to come to market.”