Wednesday, March 8, 2023
André Leon Talley’s estate auction reveals how he lived and survived
American fashion journalist, stylist, creative director and editor-at-large of Vogue magazine, André Leon Talley, passed away last year at 73. He left behind an extensive collection of fashion memorabilia, personal artwork, and antique furniture illustrating how Talley lived his life.
Christie’s handled the Collection of André Leon Talley last month, which brought in over $3.55 million. Representative of Talley’s larger-than-life presence, the auction featured an Abyssinian choir clad in black and pearls performing Diana Ross’s “Theme from Mahogany,” Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On,” Nina Simone’s “To Be Young, Gifted and Black,” and Mahalia Jackson’s “How I Got Over.” The wine was served from Black-owned wineries, and the room was filled with friends and colleagues of Talley’s.
Christie’s was selected to host the estate sale partly because the auction house made it abundantly clear that they understood Talley’s significance and the culture from which he came. As a result, they took care to honor his legacy.
For more information see Robin Givhan “André Leon Talley’s estate auction reveals how he lived and survived” The Washington Post, February 11, 2023.
Special thanks to Joel C. Dobris (Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law) for bringing this article to my attention.