LOS ANGELES — Just in time for summer parties, John Moran Auctioneers will present its Costume & Couture auction on Tuesday, May 23, starting at 10 am Pacific time. The sale features more than 400 lots of vintage and contemporary costume jewelry, handbags, accessories and luggage, and showcases designer brands such as Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Gucci, Valentino, Tom Ford, Balenciaga, Givenchy, Hermes, Judith Leiber, Miriam Haskell, Stephen Dweck, Michael Dawkins, John Hardy and Georg Jensen. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Some of the favorite luggage pieces in the lineup are vintage Louis Vuitton suitcases. One is a Louis Vuitton Alzer 75 Damier suitcase with an estimate of $3,000-$5,000. This hard-side suitcase was designed with Damier graphite canvas and silver-brass hardware and has two trunk latches, a suede black interior, a fitted removable tray and an attached luggage tag. The other is a vintage Louis Vuitton Bisten 55 Monogram suitcase estimated at $2,500-$3,500. Also being a hard-side suitcase, this one features the classic brown and tan LV monogram coated canvas with natural Vachetta leather trim, branded brass hardware, a top handle, a buff canvas interior with branded tension straps and buckles.
For those that love vintage beauty, there is a 1937 Guerlain Coque d’Or perfume bottle and box by Jean-Michel Frank and Baccarat, estimated at $3,000-$5,000. The sanded oak box was designed by Jean-Michel Frank (1895-1941). It’s painted white with a gilt lattice design and a brass latch that reveals a silk-lined interior containing a Baccarat partially gilt cobalt crystal and glass bottle.
Jewelry collectors are sure to take notice of the circa-1980 sterling silver pieces by Anette Kraen for Georg Jensen. The two-piece set, estimated at $1,000-$1,500, is comprised of a sterling silver and leather abstract collar necklace and matching bracelet.
One designer that performed especially well in Moran’s February Costume Jewelry, Coins & Luxury Accessories auction was Iradj Moini. The May 23 sale will offer a compelling selection of Moini pieces, the standout being a brooch designed with smokey and lemon quartz, faux pearl, branch coral and carved turquoise stone petals further set with amethyst, a pearl and a Swarovski crystal. The brooch has an estimate of $800-$1,200.
To complement the jewelry, this sale will offer more than 50 lots of handbags, purses and clutches by brands such as Bottega Veneta, Fendi, Valentino, Tom Ford, Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton, Salvatore Ferragamo, Timmy Woods, Escada, Balenciaga, Judith Lieber and Gucci. This last is ably represented by its green pony hair shoulder bag, which is estimated at $900-$1,200. The small top handle bag was designed with front-to-back green pony hair, black leather sides, a roll top handle with a detachable short strap, a leather interior with three pockets and a chunky front turn lock.
For those that fancy vintage fashion, a 1930s Art Deco beaded dress will make its way to the block with a $600-$800 estimate. The black sleeveless dress sports extensive beadwork on black silk chiffon, has a black satin slip lining and comes with a metallic fabric belt.
Other notable jewelry pieces include a silver and gold ring and an eye-catching starburst necklace. Estimated at $700-$900, a Byzantine-style sterling silver and 18K gold ring by Konstantino boasts a central 18K gold Maltese-style cross with inset diamonds. There will also be a 1970s Pal Kepenyes brass starburst necklace, estimated at $600-$800. This piece is designed with a large brass pendant with an attached rotating companion star, suspended from a brass dog bone link chain.
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