Some of late fashion icon André Leon Talley's most prized possessions are going to auction on January 27, when Christie's will launch an online sale of the legendary Vogue editor's clothing, jewelry, and other ephemera, followed by a live auction on February 15.
Up for auction are some of his beloved fashion items which includes: his Hermès bicycle, diamond-encrusted Jacob & Co. watch, and monogrammed Louis Vuitton luggage will be featured in Christie's auction. Also up for auction there will be an illustration of Talley by Gianni Versace, two of the editor's oversized Hermès Hac Birkins, and his iconic brick red "sleeping bag coat" by Norma Kamali.
Talley, who died in January last year, was an American fashion journalist, stylist, creative director, and editor-at-large of Vogue magazine. He was the magazine's fashion news director from 1983 to 1987, its first African-American male creative director from 1988 to 1995, and then its editor-at-large from 1998 to 2013.
According to a recent report, the auction is expected to fetch up to $1 million. Proceeds from both sales will benefit the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, NY, where Talley's funeral was held, and Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church in Durham, North Carolina, his hometown.