"The Bill Blass Collection" 2003 Sotheby's (SOLD)

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.

[474] pages, illustrated throughout.

A catalogue of 805 items, ranging from paintings to sculpture to furniture to books to antiques.