Genius fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld had an approximate fortune of $270 million when he died in 2019 at the age of 85. Now Sotheby's is to auction over 1,000 items from his personal collection, including a barely driven Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead.

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Starting next month, Sotheby’s will host an auction that will showcase the fashion designer’s extraordinary and eccentric collection, from his five properties across France to antique furniture, scrapbooks, cars, and even memorabilia that belonged to Coupette, his beloved cat, who was rumored to have inherited his fortune after he passed away.

An almost-new, barely-driven Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead that belonged to the famous Chanel and Fendi creative director is also going under the hammer.

According to Sotheby’s senior director and head of the sale, Pierre Mothes, the Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead was Karl's favorite, despite the fact that he didn’t drive it. The metallic Phantom is one of the three Rolls-Royce models put for auction and the most expensive item. Sotheby's is hoping the car will fetch between $394,000 and $450,000.

Mothes explained: “It was his favorite vehicle, especially during spring and summer. He loved it as an open car.” As he lived in Cologne, Paris, and Monaco, we can only guess where he used it the most.

However, Lagerfeld admitted he didn’t drive much, because, back in the day, he had been involved in crashes: “It was in a Jag and a Mercedes. I fell asleep twice. I was not a good driver,” he explained in an interview with 'The Cut' back in 2012. But he did appreciate them: “I love beautiful cars — I like them as objects.”

The famous fashion designer had a close relationship with the luxury car brand and even had a photography exhibition with Rolls-Royce in 2012, featuring his Phantom Drophead. You can see the pictures in the gallery.

The first session of the auction kicks off on December 3, and it will be available until December 5, at One Monte-Carlo. The next sessions will be held in Paris, France. A third one is scheduled for March 2022 in Cologne.

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