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Bespoke Louis Vuitton traveling trunk for a rubber duck called Canard Willy, estimated at £18,000-£22,000 ($22,855-$27,935) at Sworders.

Louis Vuitton custom luggage for a rubber duck travels to Sworders April 30

STANSTED MOUNTFITCHET, UK – An extraordinary single-owner collection of more than 30 pieces of Louis Vuitton luggage – including a bespoke trunk made for a large rubber duck – comes to auction this month. The array of luxury travel accessories, all covered in the iconic LV monogram canvas, form part of SwordersDesign sale on Tuesday, April 30. The catalog is now open for bidding at LiveAuctioneers.

The duck trunk, measuring 13.3 by 9.4 by 10.6in (34 by 24 by 27cm), is the only one in existence – the design and manufacture a collaboration between its owner, a British gentleman who chooses to remain anonymous, and the senior design team at Louis Vuitton in Paris. It was made to house ‘Canard Willy’, a favorite 10in (26cm) yellow rubber duck, to ensure it traveled in the style to which it had become accustomed. Wearing his sou’wester hat, Willy was a frequent flyer on the Concorde between London and New York and has visited an estimated 35 countries.

The trunk, Canard Willy, and a miniature rubber duck with its own Louis Vuitton carrying case was given to the owner by the French firm following its production. All will be traveling to a new home with bids invited between £18,000-£22,000 ($22,855-$27,935).

In the world of haute couture, few patterns or motifs can rival the instant recognition of the Louis Vuitton monogramed canvas. The design originated in 1896 under George Vuitton. He hoped a copyrighted design that paid tribute to his late father would put a stop to counterfeiting of the firm’s state-of-the-art luggage. The canvas soon became a frequent sight on the glamorous ocean liners on which the social elite traveled the world.

The collection of modern LV luggage and paraphernalia offered at Sworders dates primarily from the 1980s and has been professionally cared for by Louis Vuitton in Paris when not in use. In addition to classic Alzer and Super President cases in a multitude of sizes, estimated at prices from £700-£1,800 ($890-$2,285) each, are a series of bespoke items.

A traveling bar is particularly smart: the vendor used it frequently on transatlantic flights when craving a gin and tonic. The case opens to reveal a full complement of silver components custom made by Christofle of Paris. Four beakers, an ice bucket, ice cube tongs, a decanter, and a garnish pot all carry the unique stamping ‘Christofle Pour Louis Vuitton’. Like many of the pieces in the sale, it comes with its luggage tag and dust bag. Sworders expects this exclusive one-off will command £18,000-£22,000 ($22,855-$27,935).

Also made-to-order is a canvas valise à chaussures ‘Géminé’ shoe trunk, with compartments for 12 pairs of shoes, estimated at £7,000-£10,000 ($8,900-$12,695), and a trunk for wristwatches, estimated at £12,000-£15,000 ($15,235-$19,040). Inside the latter are three mechanized watch displays, two pull-out trays with cushions and compartments, and a hidden compartment containing a leather pouch for watch tools.