Christo's personal collection sells for more than €9m

Photo: EPA Christo and his wife Jeanne-Claude with a design model of the cloth-covered German Reichstag, July, 2009.

The personal art collection of installation artist Christo and his wife and creative partner Jeanne-Claude was sold at auction in Paris on Thursday for more than €9.2m ($11m), dpa reported.

Sotheby's said that the final price far exceeded the 4.2 million euros the collection had been expected to bring in at the online auction, which involved more than 400 pieces, including works by famous artists like Damien Hirst, Keith Haring and Man Ray, along with some of Christo's own pieces.

US-Bulgarian artist Christo, known for his vast installations that often saw huge landmarks wrapped up like gifts, died last year at the age of 84. His wife Jeanne-Claude died in 2009, aged 74. Together they created their monumental works of environmental art through the decades, wrapping, for example, the Little Bay coast in Sydney and the Reichstag parliament building in Berlin.

Among the sale's most prized items were drawings by Christo for "The Umbrellas" projects, which saw thousands of oversized umbrellas installed in Japan and the US state of California 30 years ago.

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