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Christie’s To Auction Old Master’s Collection of Herbert Kasper

Almost three dozen drawings from the collection of designer and collector Herbert Kasper are going to be auctioned at Christie’s next month.

Christie’s has planned a live sale for October 14 titled “Always in Style: Old Master Drawings From the Collection of Herbert Kasper”. The sale will include 35 drawings from the collection of Kasper. More works from his collection would go under the gavel in other upcoming sales, including the “20th Century Art Evening Sale” and the “Design Sale”. Overall, some 129 works are scheduled to be auctioned, estimated to collectively raise more than $11.5 million for the auction house.

Photo by Robert Mapplethorpe, One of the Works from Kasper’s Collection

Some of the artists in the collection of Herbert Kasper that would be auctioned next month include Giulio Romano, Baccio Bandinelli, Sir Peter Paul Rubens, and Parmigianino. While talking about Kasper’s collection, Stijl Alsteens (International Head of Department, Old Master’s Drawings, Christie’s)  said that while Kasper mostly studied the 16th-century figures, the variety of schools and styles in his collection was surprising. A Christie’s spokesperson said that part of the proceeds from the auction would go to an undisclosed charity.

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Herbert Kasper was one of the most renowned designers in America. Born in New York and studied in Paris, Kasper served as the president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America in the 70s. However, his foray into art collection began when he was just a student, buying a Constantin Guys romantic wash drawing for $100. Since then, he never stopped. While Kasper focused on the ‘Old Masters’ (the most celebrated artists from the medieval period of Europe), he also started collecting modern and contemporary art later in his career. Kasper died last year, at the age of 93.