May 22, 2022

Stéphane Bern’s furniture sold for 300,000 euros to finance the restoration of its 18th century monument

Stéphane Bern, spokesman for the restoration of French heritage has added his stone to the building. The furniture from his Parisian apartment was auctioned on January 25 to finance the renovation of the Royal College of Thiron Gardais, which he acquired in 2013.

The world rushed to the Drouot hotel on Tuesday January 25, 2022. It is not every day that the sales of the Daguerre house concern the goods of one of the favorite personalities of the French. Stéphane Bern, presenter of the show Secrets of history and appointed head of the state’s “heritage mission” since 2017, offered 150 lots of his Parisian interior which he is leaving to settle permanently in the royal college of Thiron Gardais which he acquired in 2013. The set went for a total of 300,000 euros. The sum will be used to renovate the 18th century historic monument.


Dachshund baskets and designer tables

According to Stéphane Bern, he only kept a few paintings and four armchairs when he moved. All the rest of the interior of his apartment rue La Rochefoucauld was accessible to potential buyers of Daguerre. Chic property in the 9th arrondissement of Paris, it had been decorated in a balance between historical rooms and contemporary architecture. The prizes therefore ranged from the host’s dachshund baskets to the tables Ten flower daisies by contemporary designer Hubert Le Gall. The qualified baskets as is “, that is to say chewed, were nevertheless awarded 500 euros, for a starting estimate of fifty euros. It remains to be seen whether this success comes from the commitment to the cause of French heritage or the celebrity of the owner of the dogs. Le Gall’s creations were bought for 55,900 euros after bitter bidding.

The host is auctioning the contents of his Parisian home. ©Daguerre/Drouot

The portrait of Marie Antoinette’s grandmother sold for 36,400 euros

Another anticipated sale was that of the huge portrait of Marie Antoinette’s grandmother, Elisabeth-Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, Empress of the Holy Roman Empire. Estimated at around 20-30,000 euros, its buyer finally acquired it for the sum of 36,400 euros. Many of the fine sales came from the estates of designer Hervé van der Straeten, in particular a chandelier which had attracted attention since the announcement of the sale in December 2021. Made to order, in bronze and crystal, it was sold €26,900.

Stéphane Bern decided to separate from his residence in the capital to settle in Eure-et-Loire where he acquired a historic monument in 2013. ©Daguerre/Drouot

The proceeds from the sales will be used to restore the Royal and Military College of Thiron-Gardais, which Stéphane Bern has endeavored to restore since its purchase in 2013. Among the next projects that could thus be financed, the owner spoke in particular of a new entrance and restoration of the dovecote to make it a reception room for temporary exhibitions.