Pierre Le-Tan was an internationally renowned French illustrator who designed whimsical and stylish covers for The New Yorker and other magazines including Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, as well as book covers for works by his friend Nobel laureate Patrick Modiano. Le-Tan died in 2019 at age sixty-nine. A year and a half later, over four hundred objects that filled his apartment, a high-ceilinged cabinet of curiosities on the Place du Palais-Bourbon in Paris, previously owned by Jean Cocteau, were auctioned at Sotheby’s for five million dollars.