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RUDOLF NUREYEV
PERSONAL BELONGINGS OF RUDOLF NUREYEV AND HIS IMMEDIATE CIRCLE FROM THE COLLECTION OF HIS CLOSEST FRIEND DOUCE FRANÇOIS

Stage costumes, photographs, albums and a medal.

Of particular historical value are the unique videotapes of Rudolf Nureyev, among them private recordings made with a group of friends during a visit to the USA and his last appearance on stage.
Rudolf Nureyev, the greatest ballet dancer of his times, a Soviet «escapee», a legendary personality. He continued to perform until the very end. At his last premiere of the ballet La Bayadère at the Paris Grand Opera, where he was choreographer, Nureyev was awarded the Ordre Commendatore des Arts et des Lettres, the highest French award for his contribution to culture. When he struggled to get up on stage, everyone knew it was his farewell. A never ending applause followed.
Douce François, French of Chilean origin, was a devoted friend of Rudolf Nureyev. She met Nureyev when she lived with Raimundo de Larrain, director of the Marquis de Cuevas Ballet Company. The young woman was immediately absorbed by Rudolph and offered him to stay with her at her place; she hosted him until he bought his own apartment in 1982. She selected his clothes, brewed his tea in a thermos, answered his phone, arranged his meetings, ran antique stores for him, accompanied him to parties, and she also was his personal driver.

Provenance:
Private property of Douce François
Christie’s auction, Paris, 19 - 20 December 2006
Private collection
Rudolf Nureyev (1938-1993) Stage costume for the ballet ‘Romeo and Juliet’ with participation of Rudolf Nureyev Lace, gold embroidery, beads, faux pearls, satin, button and hook fastener.
Rudolf Nureyev (1938-1993) Stage costume for the ballet ‘Romeo and Juliet’ with participation of Rudolf Nureyev Lace, gold embroidery, beads, faux pearls, satin, button and hook fastener.
The costume consists of a long embroidered skirt of white and gold lace; top with long sleeves - lanternets decorated with gold petals with artificial pearls centre; bib embroidered with gold flowers and beads; back clasp with buttons and hooks with ivory coloured satin lining. Provenance: Private property of Douce François Christie’s auction, Paris, 19 - 20 December 2006 Private collection Personal belongings of Rudolf Nureyev and his immediate circle from the collection of his closest friend Douce François Douce François, French of Chilean origin, was a devoted friend of Rudolf Nureyev. She met Nureyev when she lived with Raimundo de Larrain, director of the Marquis de Cuevas Ballet Company. The young woman was immediately absorbed by Rudolph and offered him to stay with her at her place; she hosted him until he bought his own apartment in 1982. She selected his clothes, brewed his tea in a thermos, answered his phone, arranged his meetings, ran antique stores for him, accompanied him to parties, and she also was his personal driver. Provenance of the collection: Christie’s auction, Rudolf Nureyev Memorabilia, provenant de la succession de Madame Douce Francois, Paris, 19 - 20 December 2006.
[Rudolf Nureyev (1938-1993)] BLACK VELVET BOLERO, PRESUMABLY BELONGING TO RUDOLF NUREYEV
[Rudolf Nureyev (1938-1993)] BLACK VELVET BOLERO, PRESUMABLY BELONGING TO RUDOLF NUREYEV
Velour, embroidery with gold and black threads, rhinestones, glass beads, black and gilded beads. Decorated with botte patterns embroidered with black and gold pearls, gold threads and rhinestones, hook-and-bar closure. Provenance: Private property of Douce François Christie’s auction, Paris, 19 - 20 December 2006 Private collection Personal belongings of Rudolf Nureyev and his immediate circle from the collection of his closest friend Douce François Douce François, French of Chilean origin, was a devoted friend of Rudolf Nureyev. She met Nureyev when she lived with Raimundo de Larrain, director of the Marquis de Cuevas Ballet Company. The young woman was immediately absorbed by Rudolph and offered him to stay with her at her place; she hosted him until he bought his own apartment in 1982. She selected his clothes, brewed his tea in a thermos, answered his phone, arranged his meetings, ran antique stores for him, accompanied him to parties, and she also was his personal driver. Provenance of the collection: Christie’s auction, Rudolf Nureyev Memorabilia, provenant de la succession de Madame Douce Francois, Paris, 19 - 20 December 2006.
[Rudolf Nureyev (1938-1993)] VIDEO ARCHIVE, 16 VIDEOS
[Rudolf Nureyev (1938-1993)] VIDEO ARCHIVE, 16 VIDEOS
1) Recordings of rehearsals of Rudi van Dantzig’s ballet ‘Sans Armes, Citoyens!’ and George Balanchine’s ‘Symphony in Three Movements’, January 16, 1987. Filming a documentary about Rudolf Nureyev and La Scala (10 min.), in Italian. Interviews with Nureyev and the dancers from the same documentary, excerpts from numerous ballets, including ‘Romeo and Juliet’ (71 min.). 2) Two videotapes of a vacation in the United States, Woodburn (Washington), dated July 20, 1986. With his friend Maude Gosling and a company of her friends, including dancer Charles Jude. A visit of a 19th century house that Nureyev planned to buy, trips in the forest on ATVs, hiking, parties, dinner at Woodburn and discussion of an opera performance, costume choices, Nureyev’s offer not to dance, friendly debates about ballet in the United States and in France. Numerous performances by Nureyev. Also included a cassette and DVD of the ballets ‘The Phantom of the Rose’ and ‘Afternoon Recreation of a Faun’, dated July 18, 1982 (28 min. 13 sec.). 3) Five videotapes of the Paris Opera dancers’ Christmas party at the Opéra Garnier in December 1987. Preparations for ‘The Nutcracker’ ballet, the arrival of the audience, ‘Electra’ gala concert, sponsored by the National Dance Center, in the presence of Madame Bernadette Chirac and Monsieur Christian Lacroix. Two videotapes from a gala evening of ‘Traviata’ organized on February 3, 1987, at the Opéra Garnier as a part of the Paris Opera’s ballet tour. VHS videotape: evening at the Opéra Garnier, December 11, 1987, appearance of Rudolf Nureyev in the company of two dancers, including Charles Judah, during the final performance of the ballet ‘The Nutcracker’. 4) An unpublished recording that reveals the backstage of the Opera Garnier on the day of the premiere of the ballet ‘La Bayadère’ on October 8, 1992, shortly before Rudolf Nureyev was awarded the Commander’s Order of Arts and Letters. The order was presented by Jacques Lang. Voice-over narration and commentary by Duce François accompany a visit to the costume-making workshops, the final revisions before the performance, and the preparation of the sets. Marina de Brantes and other representatives of the Paris Opera greet the audience, including Madame Bernadette Chirac, before the show. Backstage before and after the curtain rises and a dinner at the Garnier in honor of Nureyev, surrounded by friends, Paris Opera dancers. Also included a VHS cassette presented to Rudolph Nureyev, a documentary about the life of the Paris orchestra from April 24, 1991. Nureyev led the orchestra in 1990-1992s. The ballet «La Bayadère» at the Palais Garnier on October 8, 1992 was Rudolph Nureyev’s last appearance on stage. Provenance: Private property of Douce François Christie’s auction, Paris, 19 - 20 December 2006 Private collection Personal belongings of Rudolf Nureyev and his immediate circle from the collection of his closest friend Douce François Douce François, French of Chilean origin, was a devoted friend of Rudolf Nureyev. She met Nureyev when she lived with Raimundo de Larrain, director of the Marquis de Cuevas Ballet Company. The young woman was immediately absorbed by Rudolph and offered him to stay with her at her place; she hosted him until he bought his own apartment in 1982. She selected his clothes, brewed his tea in a thermos, answered his phone, arranged his meetings, ran antique stores for him, accompanied him to parties, and she also was his personal driver. Provenance of the collection: Christie’s auction, Rudolf Nureyev Memorabilia, provenant de la succession de Madame Douce Francois, Paris, 19 - 20 December 2006.
[Rudolf Nureyev (1938-1993)] TWO PHOTO ALBUMS
[Rudolf Nureyev (1938-1993)] TWO PHOTO ALBUMS
1) photo album, 1976-1978 Meeting with Rostropovich (December 1976), evening at the Coliseum Theater in London (January 1977), summer in Brittany with friends including Jimmy Douglas and Ahmed Meres (1977), in Villefranche-sur-Mer with Charles Jude and David Niven (1977), Rudolf Nureyev dancing ‘Valentino’ (October 3, 1978) in London, Ball of Legends performed by Lulu and Tade Klossowski at the Palace (April 12, 1978). 2) photo album, 1985 Rudolf Nureyev’s season in London, 1985. Provenance: Private property of Douce François Christie’s auction, Paris, 19 - 20 December 2006 Private collection Personal belongings of Rudolf Nureyev and his immediate circle from the collection of his closest friend Douce François Douce François, French of Chilean origin, was a devoted friend of Rudolf Nureyev. She met Nureyev when she lived with Raimundo de Larrain, director of the Marquis de Cuevas Ballet Company. The young woman was immediately absorbed by Rudolph and offered him to stay with her at her place; she hosted him until he bought his own apartment in 1982. She selected his clothes, brewed his tea in a thermos, answered his phone, arranged his meetings, ran antique stores for him, accompanied him to parties, and she also was his personal driver. Provenance of the collection: Christie’s auction, Rudolf Nureyev Memorabilia, provenant de la succession de Madame Douce Francois, Paris, 19 - 20 December 2006.
[Rudolf Nureyev (1938-1993)] PHOTOGRAPHS WITH RUDOLF NUREYEV
[Rudolf Nureyev (1938-1993)] PHOTOGRAPHS WITH RUDOLF NUREYEV
Ten photographs with ballet scenes. Black and white printing. Maximum dimentions: 18x11,8 cm Provenance: Private property of Douce François Christie’s auction, Paris, 19 - 20 December 2006 Private collection Personal belongings of Rudolf Nureyev and his immediate circle from the collection of his closest friend Douce François Douce François, French of Chilean origin, was a devoted friend of Rudolf Nureyev. She met Nureyev when she lived with Raimundo de Larrain, director of the Marquis de Cuevas Ballet Company. The young woman was immediately absorbed by Rudolph and offered him to stay with her at her place; she hosted him until he bought his own apartment in 1982. She selected his clothes, brewed his tea in a thermos, answered his phone, arranged his meetings, ran antique stores for him, accompanied him to parties, and she also was his personal driver. Provenance of the collection: Christie’s auction, Rudolf Nureyev Memorabilia, provenant de la succession de Madame Douce Francois, Paris, 19 - 20 December 2006.
[Rudolf Nureyev (1938-1993)] Ten photographss of one performance.
[Rudolf Nureyev (1938-1993)] Ten photographss of one performance.
Black and white printing. 17x11.5 cm. Provenance: Private property of Douce François Christie’s auction, Paris, 19 - 20 December 2006 Private collection
[Rudolf Nureyev (1938-1993)] Three portrait photographs of Rudolf Nureyev.
[Rudolf Nureyev (1938-1993)] Three portrait photographs of Rudolf Nureyev.
Including two photographs signed by R. Nureyev. Black and whiteprinting. 17x11.5 cm. Provenance: Private property of Douce François Christie’s auction, Paris, 19 - 20 December 2006 Private collection Personal belongings of Rudolf Nureyev and his immediate circle from the collection of his closest friend Douce François Douce François, French of Chilean origin, was a devoted friend of Rudolf Nureyev. She met Nureyev when she lived with Raimundo de Larrain, director of the Marquis de Cuevas Ballet Company. The young woman was immediately absorbed by Rudolph and offered him to stay with her at her place; she hosted him until he bought his own apartment in 1982. She selected his clothes, brewed his tea in a thermos, answered his phone, arranged his meetings, ran antique stores for him, accompanied him to parties, and she also was his personal driver. Provenance of the collection: Christie’s auction, Rudolf Nureyev Memorabilia, provenant de la succession de Madame Douce Francois, Paris, 19 - 20 December 2006.
[Rudolf Nureyev (1938-1993)] 22 photographs of Rudolf Nureyev and his entourage.
[Rudolf Nureyev (1938-1993)] 22 photographs of Rudolf Nureyev and his entourage.
Three programs of the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg; including a ballet libretto in Russian, as well as a note by David Leonard for Rudolf Nureyev. Black and white printing. Maximum dimensions: 16x23 cm. Provenance: Private property of Douce François Christie’s auction, Paris, 19 - 20 December 2006 Private collection Personal belongings of Rudolf Nureyev and his immediate circle from the collection of his closest friend Douce François Douce François, French of Chilean origin, was a devoted friend of Rudolf Nureyev. She met Nureyev when she lived with Raimundo de Larrain, director of the Marquis de Cuevas Ballet Company. The young woman was immediately absorbed by Rudolph and offered him to stay with her at her place; she hosted him until he bought his own apartment in 1982. She selected his clothes, brewed his tea in a thermos, answered his phone, arranged his meetings, ran antique stores for him, accompanied him to parties, and she also was his personal driver. Provenance of the collection: Christie’s auction, Rudolf Nureyev Memorabilia, provenant de la succession de Madame Douce Francois, Paris, 19 - 20 December 2006.
[Rudolf Nureyev (1938-1993)] Nine photographs, street photography.
[Rudolf Nureyev (1938-1993)] Nine photographs, street photography.
Black and white printing. Maximum dimensions: 13x16.5 cm. Provenance: Private property of Douce François Christie’s auction, Paris, 19 - 20 December 2006 Private collection Personal belongings of Rudolf Nureyev and his immediate circle from the collection of his closest friend Douce François Douce François, French of Chilean origin, was a devoted friend of Rudolf Nureyev. She met Nureyev when she lived with Raimundo de Larrain, director of the Marquis de Cuevas Ballet Company. The young woman was immediately absorbed by Rudolph and offered him to stay with her at her place; she hosted him until he bought his own apartment in 1982. She selected his clothes, brewed his tea in a thermos, answered his phone, arranged his meetings, ran antique stores for him, accompanied him to parties, and she also was his personal driver. Provenance of the collection: Christie’s auction, Rudolf Nureyev Memorabilia, provenant de la succession de Madame Douce Francois, Paris, 19 - 20 December 2006.
Rudolf Nureyev (1938-1993) collection
Rudolf Nureyev (1938-1993) collection
1) Two posters of Rudolf Nureyev’s ballet «Don Juan». Black and white glossy print, no frame. 57.5x37 cm. 2) Poster of Rudolf Nureyev in the ballet «The King and I». Full color printing, cardboard, gold colored wood frame, red velour frame. 52x37 cm. 3) A bronze medal with a profile of Rudolf Nureyev by sculptor Dora de Pederi-Hunt. 1976 Bronze, cast, patinated. Engraving: «Dora de Pederi-Hunt» (on the reverse). Dimensions: 10x13 cm. 4) Four Magazines (includingNewsweek with Nureyev on coverpage ‘Aids and the Arts’ - January 18, 2003 Notes in red ink. 4 pages; Article in French “Le Ballet du Theatre Kirov de Leningrad. 8 pages; Postcard to R. Nureyev. 22x16 cm; Postcard Einladung; One photo and 5 pages of Documents in French;Collection of photos, postcards, articles: one letter to Nureyev from colleagues; one letter from John Dexter (Metropolitan Opera Association), jone letter to Nureyev from National Ballet of Canada; one passport copy of R. Nureyev; Letter to Nureyev from Baricz G. 1 December 1978; Article “Nureyev pays tribute to Diaghilev” by Moira Hogson. 7 pages, plus letter to Nureyev; Newspaper pages with R. Nureyev photos in German Letter to Nureyev in English (Xmas Day) Rudi about publishing of a book; Letter from John Gabriei (The world of art); Magazine page with Ad; Article print out in French. 9 pages; Diploma for R. Nureyev in Spanish. 1976; Photo album. Gift from fans to R. Nureyev Provenance: Private property of Douce François Christie’s auction, Paris, 19 - 20 December 2006 Private collection Personal belongings of Rudolf Nureyev and his immediate circle from the collection of his closest friend Douce François Douce François, French of Chilean origin, was a devoted friend of Rudolf Nureyev. She met Nureyev when she lived with Raimundo de Larrain, director of the Marquis de Cuevas Ballet Company. The young woman was immediately absorbed by Rudolph and offered him to stay with her at her place; she hosted him until he bought his own apartment in 1982. She selected his clothes, brewed his tea in a thermos, answered his phone, arranged his meetings, ran antique stores for him, accompanied him to parties, and she also was his personal driver. Provenance of the collection: Christie’s auction, Rudolf Nureyev Memorabilia, provenant de la succession de Madame Douce Francois, Paris, 19 - 20 December 2006.
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