As previously reported, the iconic Marcel Duchamp Dadaist perfume bottle Belle Haleine Eau de Voilette where Duchamp appears dressed as Rrose Sélavy and is photographed by Man Ray, was up for sale at the historic Christie's auction for the Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé Collection. WWD reports that in a context of defied expectations for a number of lots, "Then Duchamp's rare work "Belle Haleine Eau de Voilette" sold for 7.9 million euros, or $9.9 million, versus a high estimate of 1.5 million euros, or $1.9 million."
Belle Haleine Eau de Voilette has been recently in the news as one of the protagonists of a short film by Roman Polanski commissioned by Italian video artist Francesco Vezzoli.
The new owner has not been named.
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