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FRENCH TEST: An 18th-century writing desk once owned by Hubert de Givenchy and a set of Goyard luggage are among the 468 lots on the block June 28 at Christie’s in Paris. They are among the contents of the Paris apartment of John and Susan Gutfreund, which was styled in period splendor by the decorator Henri Samuel and the architect Alain Reynaud.
After 26 years and many splendid parties, the American couple decided to sell the four-story townhouse in the Hôtel de Bauffremont on the Rue de Grenelle. Susan Gutfreund declined to comment on the selling price or the buyer of the flat, but sources said Coach executive creative director Reed Krakoff is the new owner.
A passionate Francophile, Gutfreund said she would continue to visit Paris, but stay in hotels. According to Christie’s, the sale could net between 1.2 million and 1.8 million euros, or $1.5 million to $2.3 million at current exchange. Among unusual objects are 15 ivory carvings from Japan’s Meiji period depicting bananas in various states of unpeeling.