THE RAREST LOUIS VUITTON BOOK EVER
AFTER LAWSUIT AGAINST LV COMPLETELY RECALLED BY PUBLISHER AND DESTROYED - SO IT WAS NEVER RELEASED ON THE MARKET WE NEVER SAW A FACTORY SEALED ONE ON THE MARKET BEFORE A ONE-OFF CHANCE IN YOUR COLLECTORS LIFE
You are bidding on a fantastic hardcover book featuring beautiful Louis Vuitton images that has been completely recalled by the publisher. It is now exceptionally rare. This is a brand new copy in pristine mint condition.
This first edition book was published in September, 2007 and after a lawsuit all of the copies were destroyed. This book has a beautiful gold cover and is very large size (12" x 12") with full color glossy pages. The book weighs almost three pounds shipped
This is one book that is going to increase greatly in value in the next few years The many images in the book are striking images that show female nudes: models seemingly chosen for their starkly dark or luminously white skin, wearing clown-like coloured wigs on their heads. Their naked bodies are intertwined to shape the letters of Louis Vuitton's name. Copies are incredibly hard to find.
In a recently issued statement, LVMH said that it "deeply regrets any damage that has been caused to Anthon Beeke" and that in order to recognize Beeke's copyrights, Beecroft will cease all further use of the nude alphabet. The French luxury label stressed that it had stopped all further use of the naked alphabet, and in particular the book VBLV, which was published in September by Edizioni Charta. The Beecroft alphabet features images of nudes spelling out the Louis Vuitton name and the LV logo. Charta has decided to immediately cease the sale and distribution of the book entitled "VBLV" di Vanessa Beecroft (Charta 2007, ISBN 978-88-8158-615-8).
Paris's Louis Vuitton store and 4306-square-foot exhibition space on the Champs Elysees just underwent a high-profile 20-month renovation to reopen bigger, brighter and full of art at the end of 2006. Vanessa Beecroft marked the date with a performance in which, as Artforum described it, '30 naked models-black and white-sat silently on shelves alongside classic Louis Vuitton handbags and luggage.' Charta's VB LV documents Beecroft's monumental inaugural performance in this one-foot-square, glossy hardcover album.
It’s Grovel, Grovel Time at Louis Vuitton (November 26th, 2007)
Louis Vuitton has apologized to Anthon Beeke, after a nude alphabet featuring the luxury label’s name made by Vanessa Beecroft turned out to be a gross copyright infringement of the work of the Dutch artist.
“This alphabet is an unauthorized copy of the “Naked Ladies Alphabet” created in 1970 by the Dutch graphic artist, Anton Beeke,” Vuitton said in a letter it mailed out late last week.
“Louis Vuitton… deeply regrets any damage that has been caused to Anthon Beeke,” the label said in the statement, adding that, “Vanessa Beecroft states that it was never her intention to create confusion between Mr. Beeke’s works and hers and apologizes for any misunderstandings which may have occurred.”
The admission by Vuitton, the world’s most profitable prestige brand, comes six months after a Paris court ruled that John Galliano - like Vuitton controlled by the giant French luxury conglomerate LVMH - had “copied” the work of photographer William Klein in a fashion ad campaign.
Sources at Vuitton stressed that the company did not pay any damages to Beeke; Galliano was ordered to pay a fine of 200,000 Euros, or 275,000 US dollars at the time, to Klein.
Vuitton executives declined any other comment, and the word in Paris is that the company is very unhappy with Beecroft, who they blame for this uncomfortable predicament.
Vuitton’s apology is more than a tad ironic given that the LV itself is well known for aggressively pursuing legal action against counterfeiters. Moreover, LVMH’s controlling shareholder is the legendarily litigious Bernard Arnault, who himself gained control of Vuitton after a bruising court battle with the descendents of the founder.
The French luxury label stressed that it had stopped all further use of the naked alphabet, and in particular the book VBLV, which was published in September by Edizioni Charta. The Beecroft alphabet features images of nudes spelling out the Louis Vuitton name and the LV logo.
Last year, the nudie human lettering was prominently displayed in the art space atop Vuitton’s giant flagship Champs Elysees store when the label opened its largest emporium. Beecroft told reporters at the event that she had been inspired by images in a magazine found in a thrift shop.
The news is sure to raise hackles in the artistic community, doubly so given Vuitton’s long history of turning links to fine artists into highly commercial product. Most notably, Japan’s andy Warhol, Takashi Murakami, created the immensely successful multi-colored monogram bags and was the man behind the 2003 cherry blossom logo for Vuitton; while the house’s creative director Marc Jacobs teamed up with Richard Prince in the spring 2008 smut chic “after dark” collection presented just last month in Paris.