If It Ain’t Baroque It’s cheaper than a 747. That’s one spin Otto Nauman put on the Rembrandt, Minerva in Her Study, he was selling for $40 million at the European Fine Arts Fair in Maastricht, the Netherlands. “It’s the best painting Fve ever handled,” beamed Naumann, “and the best Fil ever handle.” Previous owners include the founder o£ Electrolux vacuum cleaners and Baron Bich, of Bic pen fame. “Fhe painting was already owned by two important patent holders,” said Naumann. “Bili Gates, take the hint.” Meanwhile, others said that the real prize on the floor wasn’t an Old Master, but a dealer. At least three women had flown to the fair, said an insider, to pay a visit to the newly single Richard Feigen.
Hedi Times Hedi Slimane is heading to the Italian men’s wear trade show Pitti Uomo, but not as an ambassador for Dior Homme. The designer is collaborating with Francesco Bonami from the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art and Jerome Sans from Paris’ Palais de Tokyo on a top secret special exhibition, which will bow June 20 at Florence’s Stazione Leopoldo. Asked about the installation, Slimane would say only that the project was not related to Dior Homme and “consequently not a fashion exhibit.” Those in the know describe it as part architecture, part design and “truly amazing.” Slimane is teaming with Bonami and Sans for a photo book as well, also set for June.
GllOSt StOryNicholas Coleridge, chairman of the British Fashion Council and managing director of Conde Nast U.K., had no qualms about tossing out a recent houseguest from his new country home in Oxfordshire. It seems that Coleridge and his wife Georgia had an unfriendly ghost in the drawing room. “The lights wouldn’t stop flashing on and off, and it was preventing me from reading my Vogue,” says Coleridge. “But the prob lem was sorted out by the local vicar.”