Fashion designer Kim Jones to curate Sotheby's Contemporary sale in NY

The Dior Homme artistic director has recently partnered with Sotheby's for its March auction of "Contemporary Curated."

Jones used his distinctive eye to select over 250 works for Sotheby's upcoming sale, some of which are signed by artists he collaborated with for Dior.

Among them are art market darling KAWS, whose current auction record of $14.8 million was set last April during Sotheby's "NIGOLDENEYE® Vol. 1" sale in Hong Kong.

The English fashion designer has now selected the graffiti artist's "PROMISE" (estimated between $200,000 and $300,000) and "WITHIN REASON" (estimated between $120,000 and $180,000) for the house's "Contemporary Curated."

Jones also picked Raymond Pettibon's "UNTITLED [ELEVEN WORKS]" (estimated between $120,000 and $180,000) for the upcoming auction, noting in a statement to Sotheby's that "[he'] always loved his work."

The Dior Homme director notably incorporated sketches by the American artist in the brand's Fall 2019 collection, referencing the South Californian punk-rock scene in which Pettibon was immersed in the early 1980s.

"I always look at culture when it comes to fashion and art. Both are within culture, and I draw inspiration from each of them. It's an organic relationship for me," Jones said in a statement to Sotheby's.

"Contemporary Curated" will also feature masterpieces by Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Wayne Thiebaud, Joan Mitchell, Simone Leigh, Yoshitomo Nara, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Willem de Kooning and Jean Dubuffet.

Coveted works include Lee Bontecou's "Untitled" (estimated between $900,000 and $1.2 million); Joan Mitchell's "Untitled" (estimated between $1.8 million and $2.5 million); as well as Wayne Thiebaud's "Civic Center" (estimated between $2.5 million and $3.5 million).

Jones' favorite pieces will be exhibited at Sotheby's New York galleries from February 28 to March 5, prior to the auction on March 6.