Gunther Sachs met eccentric artists like Salvador Dalí or Andy Warhol at eye level.
He was a lover of fine arts, and will forever be remembered for his foresight and excellent taste. Sachs was a groundbreaking collector of modern and contemporary art. Warhol's Society Portraits are at the heart of the Gunter Sachs Collection.
Andy Warhol is said to have literally stalked him in a bar in St. Tropez in the 1960s. Gunter Sachs had already made a name for himself as a passionate connoisseur of the fine arts. The plan worked out, the two became friends and a few years later Sachs presented the first Warhol exhibitions in Germany - albeit with moderate success.
Sachs bought a third of the works himself; according to him, one of his best investments. Warhol's works belonged to the core of his art collection.
Warhol painted Gunther Sachs for the Hamburg exhibition. It was the beginning of the famous celebrity portraits of the Pop Art artist.
Sachs, who discovered his love of art in Paris in the late 1950s, devoted his life to modern art and built up a sensational collection over half a century. He bought directly from the artists. He was a close friend of Warhol, and also of Yves Klein, Roy Lichtenstein and Jean Fautrier. "It was love at first sight," Sachs reportedly said about Fautrier. Sachs was one of the most notable collectors of contemporary works of Nouveau Réalisme, Surrealisme and Pop Art.
Gunter Sachs developed his passion for collecting modern art at a time when only a limited number of people showed interested in it. His contact with the artists' group Les Nouveau Réalistes in the early 1960s was decisive for him.
In the 60s and 70s Gunther Sachs was part of the European jet set. His name was associated with celebrities like Twiggy, Jean-Paul Belmondo, Alain Delon, Aristotle Onassis and Romy Schneider. From 1966 Sachs was married for three years to the actress Brigitte Bardot.
The auction of the art collection of the late Gunter Sachs Gunter Sachs in 2012 exceeded all expectations. The auction at Sotheby's in London brought 51 million euros.
The estimated value of the Warhol painting "Self Portrait (Fright Wig)" had been three million pounds, according to the auction house. It changed hands for 5.3 million pounds. A portrait of the French film diva Brigitte Bardot, commissioned by Sachs in 1974 from his longtime friend Warhol, brought in three million pounds.
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