Though this public sale — an eclectic array of objects that included a sequence of 13 prints by William Eggleston, a picket funerary horse relationship to the Han dynasty, vintage French desk providers and Harcourt glasses by Baccarat personalized with Mr. Takada’s signature gold lotus — didn’t encourage the form of frenzy seen at the sale of the Yves Saint Laurent estate, which noticed fights over nondescript umbrella stands and by no means used pots and pans, each lot offered, usually for a number of instances the excessive estimate.
At one level, a bidding warfare broke out over a small octagonal lacquered tray trimmed with galuchat by Katsu Hamanaka; valued at a excessive of 1,200 euros ($1,449), it offered to a European collector for 42,900 euros ($51,909). A four-piece ceremonial-style ensemble in ivory jacquard with colourful motifs was one of many vogue sale’s strongest performers: At 2,470 euros ($2,983), it was the second highest vendor, after a trench in beige and black jacquard paired with a lavaliere shirt in ivory taffeta, which went for 3,380 euros ($4,081).
Also on view: the designer’s expertise as a painter, of self-portraits specifically. Those had been primarily executed to accompany themed exhibitions in Morocco, Germany and Argentina, mentioned Jonathan Bouchet Manheim, Mr. Takada’s longtime pal and enterprise accomplice. The two males’s newest enterprise, the luxurious house and life-style model K3, was launched in January 2020. The firm’s initiatives, he mentioned, would proceed.
Adjusting to Mr. Takada’s absence is taking a while, Mr. Manheim mentioned.
“Sometimes it feels like he’s just traveling, which he loved,” he mentioned. “He was in great shape and he never stopped learning. He was trying to learn to play the piano from children’s books, and he was terrible at it. He looked like he was 60, and I thought he would live to 110.”
Although Mr. Manheim was outbid on one in all Mr. Takada’s self-portraits in conventional costume with a Noh masks executed for an exhibition in Moscow (a Russian purchaser snapped it up), he did handle to buy the designer’s favourite self-portrait for the K3 workplace. A classical-style oil exhibiting a 40-ish Mr. Takada in profile sporting a proper grey go well with and blue tie, the portray used to hold within the entryway of his atelier.