Alain Delon auctions his art collection at Delacroix at the Veronese

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“There are two things that I consider my legacy: my acting career and my art collection. I am very proud of both. People ask me if there is a common thread that links these pieces and I answer: C’est moi. Alain Delon, 87 years oldhe put to theauction the 81 lots of art collected over more than 60 years, from the first drawing purchased in London at the age of just 24 at the time of his relationship with Romy Schneider (known on the set of The pure lover) to the paintingsat sculptures and ai drawings placed between the Italian Renaissance and the French 19th century. The collection of the cinema icon of the sixties and seventies, which reaches an overall value including between 4 and 5 million euroswill be presented between May and June in a traveling exhibition between New York, Hong Kong, Geneva, London and Paris, while the auction Alain Delon: 60 years of passion will be held on June 22nd in the French capital at the sales house Bonhams-Cornette de Saint Cyr.


“Over the years I have acquired drawings, paintings and sculptures that have been able to move me, speak to me and sometimes even console me. These works have accompanied me for many years and have been part of my life,” said Delon. Between masterpieces purchased, oil on canvas The beach of Sainte-Adresse Of Raul Dufy from 1906 (estimated between 600,000 and 800,000 euros), the charcoal drawing Milkmaid of Normandy Of Jean-Francois Millet (estimated between 100,000 and 150,000 euros), the paintings by Eugene Delacroix Cheval arabe attaché à un piquet (estimated between 400,000 and 600,000 euros) e Arab chefs (estimated between 50,000 and 80,000 euros), an oil on canvas by Camille Corot (estimated between 100,000 and 150,000 euros) and the sixteenth-century pen and ink drawing by Paolo Caliari, known as Veronese, St. George slaying the dragon (estimated between 40,000 and 60,000 euros). “Her passion and his unrivaled discernment are reflected in his choices,” said the curator of the auction. Arnaud Cornette de Saint CyrWhile Anouchka Delon, the actor’s daughter, said: “These wonderful works of art were part of my childhood and now I’m so happy that the world is discovering them. I know that they have been my father’s faithful companions and that they have given him immense joy.”