DALLAS — On May 1, during its Spring Luxury Accessories Signature event, Heritage Auctions will offer bidders the opportunity to own a Louis Vuitton SS21 Virgil Abloh malle courrier lozine 110 steamer trunk – a first for the auction house. The trunk carries an estimate of $80,000-$100,000. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Louis Vuitton’s traditional monogram coated canvas steamer trunk received a bold reimagining when Virgil Abloh created a version of the classic design for the luxury giant’s Spring/Summer 2021 collection. Splashed with color and inspired by graffiti, the limited edition trunk stands as one of the trailblazing fashion designer’s most recognizable pieces. And, with only a handful in existence, the trunk is also one of Abloh’s most sought-after creations.
“This extremely limited-edition trunk is the perfect embodiment of Abloh’s visionary creativity and seamlessly merges the sophisticated craftsmanship of Louis Vuitton with Abloh’s legendary street-culture, high-fashion aesthetic,” said Heritage Auctions’ Director of Luxury Accessories, Private Sales and The Boutique, Diane D’Amato. “These trunks were made to order and act as an incredible window into the designer’s genius.”
The spring auction features several other pieces by Abloh as well, including a Louis Vuitton SS19 Virgil Abloh Absolute Black malle courrier lozine 110 steamer trunk, estimated at $14,000-$18,000, and a Louis Vuitton x Virgil Abloh x nigo striped monogram coated canvas LV2 collection tiger box, estimated at $3,000-$4,000.
“Virgil Abloh’s sudden death last year at the age of 41 stunned the fashion world,” D’Amato said, “but his awe-inspiring designs serve as lasting reminders of his extraordinary life and legacy.”
Also available in the spring auction are the first offerings from the Exceptional Collection: Gilded and Full of Color – a curated assemblage of sought-after handbags and accessories from a private European collector. Highlights include a selection of Chanel exotics no longer in production, such as an indigo blue crocodile jumbo classic double flap bag estimated at $15,000-$22,000, and an eye-catching electric blue alligator mini classic flap bag, estimated at $8,000-$10,000.
The collection also offers an array of Hermes bags, including a 35cm blue nuit togo and vibrato leather Birkin, estimated at $12,000-$15,000, and an assortment of Chanel Gripoix jewels that includes a vintage pink and purple Gripoix pearl and crystal burst pendant necklace featuring a multicolored pendant and a hanging drop pearl. Its estimate is $6,000-$8,000.
Other top lots include a desirable assortment of limited-edition, runway and special-order Hermes and Chanel bags, including a Hermes ring lizard Kelly pochette bag, estimated at $30,000-$50,000; a
Hermes 25cm vert anis Niloticus lizard Birkin bag, estimated at $26,000-$34,000; and a Chanel runway black plexiglass Perfume No. 5 bottle bag, estimated at $6,000-$8,000.
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