The archive of industrial designer Raymond Loewy is set to be auctioned in France for an estimated Ãº600 000. Loewy’s widow Viola is selling the collection.
A spokesman for Faure & Rey, the French auction house handling the sale – at Rambouillet on 10 June – says the archive is offered “intact as a single lot. It constitutes the greater portion of Loewy’s life’s work as represented by drawings, files of correspondence, patents, press clippings, memos, models, films and sound recordings”.
According to Faure & Rey, the archive, in the form of a Raymond Loewy Centre or museum, “would be a major contribution to scholarship in the field of design”.
Loewy died in 1986, after a career in industrial design spanning 50 years.