Christie’s Announces Karl Lagerfeld Chanel Jewels Sale

Featured as part of the landmark collection sales for The Collection of Mr & Mrs John H. Gutfreund 834 Fifth Avenue, Christie’s will be hosting a dedicated online auction Susan and Karl: Important Chanel Fashion Jewelry from The Collection of Mrs John H. Gutfreund (January 14-29). Spanning over 100 intricate creations, the Chanel jewels featured in this online auction provide a glimpse into the golden era of Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel.

Mrs Gutfreund’s deep appreciation of French culture extended to a love of couture and in particular designs from the house of Chanel. Susan Gutfreund was a friend to many of the most celebrated couturiers. She shared a close friendship with renowned designer Karl Lagerfeld from whom came an incredible selection of costume jewellery made for the Chanel runway. Intricately designed and incredibly rare, these unique jewels are pieces of fashion history created as part of a vision for Lagerfeld’s iconic years at the helm of Chanel. Many of these pieces are prototypes, never before offered for sale or seen by the public. The striking, storied jewels of Mrs Gutfreund reflect her cultured taste and trained eye.

Claibourne Poindexter, Specialist for Christie’s Jewels, comments: “For collectors and enthusiasts of the house of Chanel, this online sale comprises perhaps the greatest single-owner collection of Lagerfeld era Chanel jewellery to ever be presented at auction. What makes this collection truly unique, is that the majority of the jewels in Mrs Gutfreund’s collection were created as prototypes and in some cases, are one of a kind examples completely fabricated by hand to be worn on the runway in Paris. These jewels provide a window into the world of haute couture in the 1980s and 1990s, representing a time where fashion could be over the top in the greatest way possible.  You can get a great sense of Karl Lagerfeld’s sense of fun and Mrs Gutfreund’s impeccable eye, whether it is a pair of earrings shaped like fine French silver plates or simulating antique wax seals. These pieces are impossibly brilliant and cheeky at the same time.”

The Collection of Mr. & Mrs John H. Gutfreund 834 Fifth Avenue presents an unparalleled collection of fine and decorative art, jewels and books to be offered across live auctions (January 26-27) and online sales (January 14-29) at Christie’s New York. John and Susan Gutfreund’s spectacular apartment in the Rosario Candela designed building at 834 Fifth Avenue was a legendary New York interior. Working initially in collaboration with the celebrated French designer Henri Samuel the apartment was transformed by Susan Gutfreund into a dazzling setting for entertaining. The resulting tour de force was a breathtaking enfilade of rooms including the iconic Winter Garden salon where objects with prolific histories, incomparable provenances and refined taste all intermingled.

Sale Highlights | Online | January 14-29

French Heritage Society, in collaboration with Christie’s Education, will offer a complimentary online conversation discussing the interiors of the Gutfreund apartment on the decorative arts entitled HAUTE HOMES on 21 January 2021.


The Collection of Mr. & Mrs John H. Gutfreund 834 Fifth AvenueLIVE | January 26-27
The Art of Entertaining: The Collection of Mr. & Mrs. John H. Gutfreund 834 Fifth AvenueONLINE | January 14-28
Selections from The Library of Mr. and Mrs. John H. Gutfreund 834 Fifth AvenueONLINE | January 14-29
Susan and Karl: Important Chanel Fashion Jewelry from The Collection of Mrs John H. GutfreundONLINE | January 14-29  

Christie’s, the world's leading art business, had auction sales in the first half of 2019 that totalled £2.2 billion / $2.8 billion. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and international expertise. Christie’s offers around 350 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectables, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie's also has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients in all categories, with emphasis on Post-War & Contemporary, Impressionist & Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery.