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Catherine Deneuve to sell gowns

A dress worn by Catherine Deneuve when she first met Alfred Hitchcock in 1969 is among dozens of glamorous gowns up for auction next week in Paris, where the actress is due to part with her Yves Saint Laurent collection.

Close to 130 one-of-a-kind styles crafted by the late designer for Deneuve, a close friend, will go on sale at Christie’s on Jan. 24. They include red carpet looks like a shimmering gold number worn by Deneuve to the Oscars, which is expected to fetch between 2,000 to 3,000 euros ($3,400).

The “Belle de Jour” actress, a fashion fan often spotted among guests at Parisian catwalk shows, is selling the designs after parting with a house in Normandy, northern France, where she had stored them for decades.

“When she found herself in possession of these clothes, she didn’t have cupboards in Paris […] to hold them,” said Francois de Ricqles, president of Christie’s France.

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