Today starts the Christie's auction of the YSL & Pierre Bergé's Collection at the Grand Palais in Paris. To view the artifacts online, you can visit Christie's website.
With regard to perfume, it is well-known that Yves Saint Laurent took inspiration from an inro from his personal collection to design the flacon of Opium. A famous perfume-related object is listed for the auction: the Marcel Duchamp Belle Haleine flacon estimated at between $1,260,676 - $1,891,014. Antique Chinese incense burners are also part of the auction.
A book was recently released in its French version in February 2009 covering the topic of this exceptional private collection, Les paradis secrets d'Yves Saint Laurent et de Pierre Bergé, also available from today Feb 23, 2009 in English, The Private World of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé, by the same author, Robert Murphy.
More generally speaking, it will escape no one's attention that browsing the collection is an opportunity to better understand YSL's pursuit of elegance, refinement, and beauty as transposed to the worlds of fashion and perfume.