Louis Vuitton trunk shifts at £7200

Louis Vuitton trunk sold for £7200 in a Tayler & Fletcher auction.

Pleased as the vendors were to be told by Gloucestershire auctioneer Martin Lambert that a 1920s trunk from their late parents’ home could be worth £2000, they were happier when pre-sale interest in Tayler & Fletcher ’s (18% buyer’s premium) sale brought a revised estimate of £2500-4000.

Extracted from Antiques Trade Gazette | Terence Ryle

At a time of strong demand for all Louis Vuitton luggage – much of it for conversion into glass-topped coffee tables – the move was understandable.

This one was a fine example: both large, at 3ft 4in (1.02m) wide, and stamped with the name and motifs of Louis Vuitton to the brass-bound corners, rivets, leather straps and interior.

In good honest condition, showing expected signs of use over the years when it had been in the same family, it was original down to the four cast-iron castors.

Come sale day on June 20 at the Bourton-on-the-Water rooms, online bidders gave way at around the £3000 mark to bidders on the seven booked phone lines, one of whom took the trunk at £7200.