The much-heralded auction of The Bill Blass Collection concluded at Sotheby's on October 23, 2003 with a staggering total of $13,619,606.
Collectors, designers and art and antiques dealers, as well as friends and admirers of Bill Blass competed for a piece of the legendary designer's legacy, driving the total to more than double the $6.4 million high estimate with 99% of the lots offered finding buyers.
The results were a fitting tribute to the unerring taste of the arbiter of American style who died last year at the age of 79.
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A catalogue of 805 items, ranging from paintings to sculpture to furniture to books to antiques.