Selling Archives: A New Wrinkle?

R. J. Cox has written a piece on the sale of the „of the archives of Jacques Fath, a French fashion designer of the mid-twentieth century. You can purchase the archives of Fath for a cool $3.5 million, a purchase which will net you nearly 3500 illustrations for clothing design, executed between 1948 and 1956 (Fath died in 1954).

As the Times essay reports, the Fath archives are being sold by the owner of a Beverley Hills store, who had acquired them by a purchase nine years before. As Wilson reports, “There is a caveat. The new owner must keep the collection together, ideally as a donation to a museum or the basis for a research center.”“

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