A one-of-a-kind library full of Taschen titles, housed in a glass wall pavilion designed by Jean Prouvé, fetched $2.7 million on May 19 at a gala auction in the French Riviera.
Proceeds with go toward benefiting The Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR)’s AIDS research programs that are dedicated to advances in HIV prevention, treatment, and care.
The library features 444 titles by the German art and design publisher, including 60 coveted Collector’s Editions. Special highlights include the monumental Sebastião Salgado: Genesis, launched in conjunction with the blockbuster touring exhibition, the SUMO-sized Annie Leibovitz, and a highly-coveted copy of Taschen’s long sold-out Helmut Newton SUMO, donated from the private collection of Benedikt Taschen, the founder and owner of Taschen.
The auction was part of amfAR’s 23rd Cinema Against AIDS Gala, held at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Cap d’Antibes. It drew many celebrities decked out in haute couture, including American actress Uma Thurman in Schiaparelli, and Brazilian model Lais Ribeiro in Sophie Theallet.
— Michelle Tay