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Sotheby’s Selling Full Set of Visionaire

Sotheby’s big contemporary art evening sale is tonight in New York City (we’ll take the star Twombly and those tasty Wayne Thiebaud cakes), so say a little prayer for the global art market around 7:00pm EST. Meanwhile, next Tuesday at its photographs sale in London, the auction house will sell a full set of Visionaire. We’ll repeat that, in case your heart skipped a beat and/or you temporarily lost consciousness. Sotheby’s is selling a full set of Visionaire:

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Up for bid in lot 117 are all 53 issues of the legendary publication, published thrice a year since 1991 in exclusive numbered limited editions. According to Sotheby’s, many of the issues are in original packing and unopened. The mind boggles. There’s the inaugural issue (produced on a shoestring budget that wouldn’t cover the costs of binding), the Edward Gorey-meets-Comme des Garçons black issue, the Biblical issue tucked inside a Philippe Starck-designed plastic “energy sphere,” and of course, the issues that tackle the five senses, in which artists, photographers, designers, and other creative types were commissioned to define the tastes, smells, sights, sounds, and textures of concepts ranging from success and sadness to luxury and desire. Speaking of desire and sadness, Sotheby’s estimates that the Visionaire lot will go for between £15,000 and £20,000 (a range of about $23,000 to $31,000, based on today’s exchange rates). In our estimation? Totally worth it.

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