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Hélène Rochas’ jewellery is being sold at Chirstie's

by Julie MIALET 09 Jul 2019

Christie’s is selling 18 pieces of jewellery from the collection of Hélène Rochas, who died in Paris in 2011, on the 12th of November in Geneva.

Last September, Christie’s had already auctioned off the furniture from her sumptuous 400 square metre Parisian flat, located not far from Yves Saint Laurent’s flat.

Among the jewellery that will be sold soon are rare pieces signed by famous names such as René Boivin, Cartier, Van cleef and Arpels…

She met her future husband at the age of 17. Marcel Rochas, 25 years her senior, was already an internationally renowned couturier. At their wedding, he gifted her a perfume especially made for her, called “Femme”. It became really successful when it was launched in 1944. In 1953, the company was closed.

Two years later, when Hélène Rochas was only 28 years old, her husband died. She took over the perfume company which grew exponentially, including internationally, thanks to the launch of several successful perfumes such as Madame Rochas.

Being as beautiful as she was, she became the muse of great couturiers and Andy Warhol painted a portrait of her in 1975. As a patron of the arts, she was also known for the sumptuous parties she gave.

She retired from public life a few years before her death, which occurred in her 84th year.


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