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Sotheby's auctions High Jewellery creations by Chaumet, Feng J, Prada, benefiting Paris Opera

The live sale includes jewels from Chinese high jewelry artist, Feng J, to Italian and French luxury fashion brands, artworks, luxury watches and many more.

The Paris Opera and the AROP (Friends of the Paris National Opera) join Sotheby’s auction house for an exceptional event, “Auction for action, Bid for creation!” The sale will be held on Monday, 30 January 2023 at Palais Garnier, for the benefit of creation and the sharing of art with all.

Offered lots include luxury experiences from Chanel Haute Couture to High Jewellery by Chaumet, Prada and two creations by Feng J Haute Joaillerie, among featured 34 lots estimated from EUR8k to lot no.23 artwork by Anselm Kiefer sold at auction for EUR436,000.

The “Coeur Blanc” earrings by Feng J High Jewellery maker. Enamel on 18k white gold, set with 28 brilliant-cut spinels in purplish grey and black, weight of stones 22.23ct. Total weight 28.95 g. Courtesy of Feng J.

An Exceptional Sale

The Paris Opera is preparing for the first auction in its history, “Auction for action, bid for creation!”, the proceeds of which will support the Opera and the production of new shows. This exceptional event will bring together works and collectibles from all eras and styles, all generously donated by artists, collectors and gallery owners.

An online auction will take place from 23 to 31 January 2023. Following this, a dinner will be held at the Grand Foyer of Palais Garnier on 30 January 2023, where the most prestigious lots will be sold by Mr Pierre Mothes, an auctioneer at Sotheby’s, who will preside over the evening.

The “Coeur Blanc” bracelet by Feng J. Enamel on 18k white gold, set with 28 brilliant-cut spinels of 19.18ct and 36 rose-cut spinels of 14.23ct, all stones are in purplish grey and black color. Total weight 114.7g.

My Responsible and Committed Opera

This sale is part of the initiative “Mon Opéra Responsable et Engagé #MORE”, which reiterates the Paris Opera’s commitment to increase its involvement in the community, by encouraging and preserving the creative industry for future generations to come.

The “Coeur Blanc” earrings by Feng J High Jewellery. Enamel on 18k white gold, set with 28 brilliant-cut spinels in purplish grey and black, weight of stones 22.23ct. Total weight 28.95 g. Courtesy of Feng J.

Creation is the true purpose of the Opera and the artistic community behind it. It is the beating heart of the institution and is the force that has driven its team for more than 350 years. The creative process makes it possible to manifest, protect and enrich artistic and technical savoir-faire.

The “Coeur Blanc” earrings by Feng J High Jewellery

In order to reach all types of audiences, it is essential to create new works that are relevant to our times. These must echo the questions of today’s societies and reflect the diverse variety of individuals who make them up. Creating such works makes it possible to speak to new generations and to those who are unfamiliar with both the opera or dance. Now, approximately one-third of each season’s programme at the Paris Opera is made up of new shows. The Opera would like to maintain this high level of creation thanks to the #MORE initiative.

COEUR BLANC -bracelet sketch

With the proceeds from this sale, the Paris Opera will continue to develop the access to shows for all audiences: previews for young people to new shows (approximately 25,000 seats per year), youth subscriptions, My First Time at the Opera evenings, Family subscriptions, 10 Months of School and Opera educational program developed in the Ile-de-France region which will hopefully be extended to further regions.

The “Coeur Blanc” earrings sketch (above) and bracelet (below),

Chanel, Patron of the Paris Opera Ballet

Another lot offered is by Chanel, and the buyer can bid on a trip to the heart of Haute Couture, EXPERIENCE - CHANEL, Sur les pas de Gabrielle Chanel, this complete package for two people offers a journey into the CHANEL universe. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to peek behind the scenes of the House’s famed fashion creation. The winner will begin with a guided visit to Gabrielle Chanel's mythical apartment at 31, rue Cambon, listed as a historical monument. They will also attend the Haute Couture Autumn-Winter 2023/24 fashion show. And then follow the creation of very own Haute Couture jacket under the aegis of a Head seamstress of one of the Haute Couture Tailleur Ateliers. Last but not least, this deeply Parisian adventure also includes lunch in the House's private Salons of the rue Cambon followed by an exceptional presentation of the collection over tea. A book about the history of the Maison Chanel will be delivered to the buyer of this lot.

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