Marc Jacobs is selling off his art

Marc Jacobs 1 Victoria Stevens 

Ed Ruscha, She Gets Angry at Him. Estimate $2/3 million. Image credit: Victoria Stevens


New York designer Marc Jacobs has long been celebrated for his impressive taste. That’s why we’re more than a little excited that he’ll be auctioning off his personal art collection across a series of sales at Sotheby’s this autumn.

In the most stylish clear-out of all time (Marie Kondo, eat your heart out!), Jacobs has put his four-storey townhouse in Manhattan’s West Village on the market and is auctioning much of its art and design collection, before he moves into a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home in Rye.

Marc Jacobs said: “Well, I’m not Marie Kondo. I didn’t decide everything must go. I thought about my role as an art collector. I love what Steve Martin says, that these things are not mine – I am a custodian for them. There’s also just the logistics – when you move into a Frank Lloyd Wright house, there isn’t a lot of wall space and you can’t hang a lot of paintings. As much as I will have a difficult time parting with them, I just felt it’s time to give myself this window to start again.”

Initially intimidated by the art world, Jacobs first began collecting fine art after visiting a Mike Kelley exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Advised by his close friend, artist John Reinhold, Jacobs developed a discerning eye and acquired an esteemed collection of works by Ed Ruscha, Urs Fischer, Richard Prince and Andy Warhol as well as modern masters Francis Picabia and Alberto Giacometti. He was also an early patron of both John Currin and Elizabeth Peyton, who he formed close personal relationships with, which led to him collecting their work in depth.


Marc Jacobs Interior 2


John Currin Helena 2006

John Currin, Helena. Estimate $500/700,000


Marc Jacobs Interior 1


Marc Jacobs 2 Victoria Stevens

Image credit: Victoria Stevens 


In addition to fine art, Jacobs has a taste for exceptional pieces of European design from the past century, by masters such as François-Xavier Lalanne, Jean-Michel Frank, Eugène Printz, Jean Dunand, Paul Dupré-Lafon and Maurice Marinot. All hand-selected by Jacobs, this collection offers fresh-to-market pieces that he acquired from notable galleries, auctions and directly from artists’ studios.

A selection of whimsical animal-themed jewels by Boucheron, multi-gemstone rings by De Grisogno and highly coveted pieces by Solange Azagury-Partridge, all acquired and worn by Marc Jacobs, will also make up the more than 150 pieces on sale.


Property from the Collection of Marc Jacobs will appear in Sotheby’s auctions in New York and online from 11 November 2019 until April 2020.


*Images: Courtesy Sotheby’s