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Auction Description for Kerry Taylor: Passion for Fashion
Auction Description:
Passion for Fashion
Viewing Notes:
24th June 12 noon to 5pm. 25th June 9am to 5.30pm. 26th June 9am to 11am.
Sale Notes:
www.invaluable.com/kerrytaylorauctions

Passion for Fashion

by Kerry Taylor Auctions


284 lots | 283 with images

June 26, 2012

Live Auction

249-253 Long Lane

London, SE1 4PR United Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0)20 8676 4600

Fax: +44 (0)20 3137 0112

Email: info@kerrytaylorauctions.com

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A Chanel black quilted jersey 2.55 bag, 1960s,

Lot 1: A Chanel black quilted jersey 2.55 bag, 1960s,

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Description: A Chanel black quilted jersey 2.55 bag, 1960s, with gilt CC clasp, gilt chain handle, wine leather interior, 25.5cm, 10in long This lot is being sold in aid of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Condition Report: Good condition, signs of use inside to burgundy leather lining but not damage so to speak, black jersey is dark and good, gilding is good

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A fine Chanel tan leather bag, 1980s, with gilt CC

Lot 2: A fine Chanel tan leather bag, 1980s, with gilt CC

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Description: A fine Chanel tan leather bag, 1980s, with gilt CC lock and glasp, two leather interwoven chain linked handles, top stitched, quilted exterior, 31cm, 12in long

Condition Report: Very fresh condition, looks barely used, very slight soiling to leather straps, small red lipstick mark to base on inside of bag, gilding is bright and good

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An Hermès wine crocodile 'Escale' bag, late 1960s,

Lot 3: An Hermès wine crocodile 'Escale' bag, late 1960s,

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Description: An Hermès wine crocodile 'Escale' bag, late 1960s, Crocodylus Porosus, stamped in gold 'Hermès Paris' below the front pocket, gilt rope-twist loop and button clasp, 27cm, 10 1/2in Please note there are export restrictions on this lot outside the EU.

Condition Report: Exterior needs polishing, mildew marks to outside and inside lining, very slight rubbing to gilt on the centre edges of the clasp

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A Chanel quilted black leather duffle bag, 1990s,

Lot 4: A Chanel quilted black leather duffle bag, 1990s,

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Description: A Chanel quilted black leather duffle bag, 1990s, with gilt CC clasp, internal zippered side pocket, leather threaded gilt shoulder straps, 30cm, 12in long This lot is being sold in aid of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Condition Report: gilding on clasp is rubbed, internal pouch has face powder traces and the number sticker is soiled

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Six Hermès scarves, mainly 1970s-80s, including

Lot 5: Six Hermès scarves, mainly 1970s-80s, including

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Description: Six Hermès scarves, mainly 1970s-80s, including A.M. Cassandre blocks and sky print; `Feux de Route', `Skyros', ` Proues', `Napoleon' and others; together with a Pucci psychedelic and Liberty ERII silver jubilee silk scarf 1977 (8)

Condition Report: Good condition. A.M Cassandre has a few light grey spot stains - would probably clean out. Look unused.

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An Hermès dark green crocodile 'Pascal' bag, late

Lot 6: An Hermès dark green crocodile 'Pascal' bag, late

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Description: An Hermès dark green crocodile 'Pascal' bag, late 1960s, crocodylus Porosus, stamped in gold 'Hermès Paris' below the front pocket, and with signed gilt lifter flap, three large compartments inside, 26cm, 10in long Please note there are export restrictions on this lot outside the EU.

Condition Report: Bag would benefit from polishing, faint exterior mildew marks, interior has small grey mildew spots, very light rubbing to gilt clasp at edges

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A fine Hermès black leather Kelly bag, 1995, blind

Lot 7: A fine Hermès black leather Kelly bag, 1995, blind

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Description: A fine Hermès black leather Kelly bag, 1995, blind stamp Y, with gilt lock and clasp, stamped in gold Hermès, Paris, made in France, below closure flap, gilt padlock, with fob and two keys, 32cm, 12 1/2in long, in original flannel bag and box (3)

Condition Report: Used only a couple of times, very fresh condition. Very faint surface scratches to front, vert minor rubbing to lower corners.

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An Hermès ficelle crocodile 'Drag' bag, late

Lot 8: An Hermès ficelle crocodile 'Drag' bag, late

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Description: An Hermès ficelle crocodile 'Drag' bag, late 1960s, crocodylus Porosus, stamped in gold 'Hermès Paris' below the closure flap, with gilt H-shaped clasps similarly engraved, interior with zipped compartment and two side pouches, 26cm, 10in long Please note there are export restrictions on this lot outside the EU.

Condition Report: gilt clasps and studs to base are tarnished and slightly chipped at edge, slight rubbing to ro of left strap where it curves over the top edge, small nick to rear left edge approx 3cm up from the corner. Exterior is generally good - would benefit from a polish but no serious scratches or damage, very faint surface scratch to which should polish out. Leather interior has mildew speckles - again would benefit from a polish, 2cm ink stain to far left corner inside front, small indentations to soft kid from use but no serious damage

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A Chanel quilted satin evening bag, 1980s, with

Lot 9: A Chanel quilted satin evening bag, 1980s, with

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Description: A Chanel quilted satin evening bag, 1980s, with gilt Chanel stamp to red leather lining, gilt CC clasp and leather tassel to one side, chain strap threaded with leather, 21cm, 8 1/4in long

Condition Report: Slight rubbing and soiling to base. Strand of leather where it attaches through the chain needs re-stitching (minor)

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A Gucci pig-skin vanity case, circa 1970, with

Lot 10: A Gucci pig-skin vanity case, circa 1970, with

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Description: A Gucci pig-skin vanity case, circa 1970, with gilt armorial stamp to the inside and no 087, with gilt hardware and locks, fob with keys, beige leather interior with loops for jars and pockets to the sides, 31cm, 12in long

Condition Report: Slight wear to the gilding on the locks, the interIor base is stained.

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A fine Hermès red crocodile Birkin, Crocodylus

Lot 11: A fine Hermès red crocodile Birkin, Crocodylus

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Description: A fine Hermès red crocodile Birkin, Crocodylus Porosus, blind stamp A square, with gilt hardware, stamped below the closure flap Hermès Paris made in France, with inverted V, with key fob, leather covered padlock and dustbag, 30cm, 11 3/4in long Please note there are export restrictions on this lot outside the EU.

Condition Report: Un-used condition

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A fine 'Duc' tan crocodile bag, late 1960s,

Lot 12: A fine 'Duc' tan crocodile bag, late 1960s,

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Description: A fine 'Duc' tan crocodile bag, late 1960s, Crocodylus Porosus, with large gilt Ducal coronet below filligree strapwork medallion to the front, with later added gilt chains, but also with original handle, 26cm, 10 1/4in; together with a Germaine Guerin black crocodile handbag, with gilt clasp, 28cm, 11in long; and a black straw clutch also by Guerin (3) This lot is being sold in aid of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Please note there are export restrictions on this lot outside the EU.

Condition Report: Inside of Duc bag has signs of regular use, lower corners - the edges are rubbed, side pocket is a bit stretched - saggy; Germaine Guerin black croc bag - closure flap is very rubbed at curved edges, lining has wear, minor scuffing, lower corners are rubbed; Guerin straw - exterior and interior are good

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A fine Hermès tan leather 'Bolide', 1995, Y

Lot 13: A fine Hermès tan leather 'Bolide', 1995, Y

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Description: A fine Hermès tan leather 'Bolide', 1995, Y blindstamp, with gilt hardware and shoulderstrap, fob with two keys and gilt padlock, 35cm, 13 3/4in long, with flannel storage bag and box, (3)

Condition Report: bag has been little used, exterior is very fresh, interior has slight scuffing commensurate with light use, slight rubbing to lower corners, gilding is bright and good

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A black crocodile handbag, early 1960s, believed

Lot 14: A black crocodile handbag, early 1960s, believed

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Description: A black crocodile handbag, early 1960s, believed to be Gucci but unmarked, Crocodylus Porosus, with silvered metal clasp, 25cm, 9 1/2in long; in Gucci box (2) The vendor states that this bag was purchased by the vendor's ancestor from the first Gucci store in London, which opened in 1961. Please note there are export restrictions on this lot outside the EU.

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A rare and early Hermès 'Isabeau' black crocodile

Lot 15: A rare and early Hermès 'Isabeau' black crocodile

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Description: A rare and early Hermès 'Isabeau' black crocodile handbag, 1930s, Crocodylus Porosus, engraved to the interior Hermès, Paris, the silvered angular mounts with ingenious opening device - the plated lower handle flange sections are spring-mounted to pull apart allowing the central frame to open, lined in grey suede, 21cm, 8in high Please note there are export restrictions on this lot outside the EU.

Condition Report: Interior is soiled, Lower corners are rubbed. Opening mechanism is good, rubbining to the plating where the handle rings meets the sliding flanges

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An Hermès black lizard miniature Kelly bag, circa

Lot 16: An Hermès black lizard miniature Kelly bag, circa

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Description: An Hermès black lizard miniature Kelly bag, circa 1990, varanus salvator, gilt hardware with a detachable shoulder strap, 15cm, 5 3/4in long Please note there are export restrictions on this lot outside the EU.

Condition Report: The shoulder strap is in suede and does not appear to match, good condition, barely used

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An Hermès navy box leather Kelly bag, circa 1970,

Lot 17: An Hermès navy box leather Kelly bag, circa 1970,

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Description: An Hermès navy box leather Kelly bag, circa 1970, blind stamp J, with gilt metal hardware, detachable shoulder strap, 28cm,11in long

Condition Report: good condition, nice supple leather, gilding is good, bag has been used but cared for, rubbing to lower corners

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A large black crocodile travelling

Lot 18: A large black crocodile travelling

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Description: A large black crocodile travelling vanity/jewellery bag, late 1960s, with detachable upper handbag section, the middle section with brown kid and plastic covered vanity-case compartment, the base tray with velvet covered jewel trays, 35cm, 13 3/4in long, 40cm, 15 3/4in high Please note there are export restrictions on this lot outside the EU.

Condition Report: Good condition. Slight rubbing to curved upper edge. Middle vanity section has a few traces of powder - but looks little used. Top section - slight scuffing to interior tan leather. Lower jewellery section - yellow velvet flecked with grey, gilding is rubbed on all of the catches.

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A Gucci tan lizard handbag, late 1960s, varanus

Lot 19: A Gucci tan lizard handbag, late 1960s, varanus

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Description: A Gucci tan lizard handbag, late 1960s, varanus salvator, signed to the interior, with prestud fastener, 23cm, 9in long Please note there are export restrictions on this lot outside the EU.

Condition Report: Handles are slightly stiff, interior has soiling

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A rare black patent Coronation handbag, 1953, the

Lot 20: A rare black patent Coronation handbag, 1953, the

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Description: A rare black patent Coronation handbag, 1953, the gilt clasp engraved EIIR, 1953, with large silvered Royal Arms to the front closure, lined in pink moiré, 23cm, 9in long

Condition Report: Several small splits to the vinyl at the top edge of the closure flap, moiré lining is slightly soiled

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A Gucci black crocodile handbag, late 1960s, with

Lot 21: A Gucci black crocodile handbag, late 1960s, with

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Description: A Gucci black crocodile handbag, late 1960s, with Gucci stamp to the interior, with silvered metal and lapis lifter clasp, 21cm, 8 1/4in long Please note there are export restrictions on this lot outside the EU.

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An Hermès dark brown leather Kelly bag, late

Lot 22: An Hermès dark brown leather Kelly bag, late

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Description: An Hermès dark brown leather Kelly bag, late 1960s, stamped under the closure flap Hermès Paris, with padlock, fob with two keys, brass padlock, optional shoulder strap, 32cm, 12 1/2in long This lot is being sold in aid of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Condition Report: Heavily used, 2.5cm scratch on front right side, slight scuffing generally, slight cracking/crazing in the leather finish on the handle and curve of the closure flap. The leather tabs which hold the handle to the top flap are splitting at the side and will require repair at some point in the future.

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A Gucci black crocodile handbag, late 1960s, with

Lot 23: A Gucci black crocodile handbag, late 1960s, with

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Description: A Gucci black crocodile handbag, late 1960s, with gilt Gucci stamp to the interior, silvered metal clasp, 21.5cm, 8 1/2in long Please note there are export restrictions on this lot outside the EU.

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A Pucci printed velvet and leather beach bag,

Lot 24: A Pucci printed velvet and leather beach bag,

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Description: A Pucci printed velvet and leather beach bag, early 1970s, 41cm, 16in wide, in original box (2)

Condition Report: Exterior is good - but the interior is poor. The oilskin lining has come away below the zip and needs re-gluing. The white leather upper edge is soiled - grey marks around the metal hardware. The handles have been repaired. One side - the velvet has numerous brown rust marks. Fair condition. Box is bashed and sides are torn.

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A Kenneth Jay Lane necklace, 1980s, signed, the

Lot 25: A Kenneth Jay Lane necklace, 1980s, signed, the

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Description: A Kenneth Jay Lane necklace, 1980s, signed, the heavy gilt chain inset with rhinestones, with orientalist pendant with carved emerald lobed stone and small cabochon red and purple stones, 41cm, 16in long

Condition Report: good condition

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A Christian Lacroix couture gem encrusted collar,

Lot 26: A Christian Lacroix couture gem encrusted collar,

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Description: A Christian Lacroix couture gem encrusted collar, 1990s, the hinged gilt metal base entirely covered in pastel coloured stones with pendants to the front closure, 31cm, 12in at the narrowest part

Condition Report: good condition, no problems

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A Dior boutique Masai-style necklace, late 1990s,

Lot 27: A Dior boutique Masai-style necklace, late 1990s,

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Description: A Dior boutique Masai-style necklace, late 1990s, signed, the choker and multi-strand necklace composed of silver coloured filligree baubles and beads, length 39cm, 15 1/2in

Condition Report: Generally good condition, the longest strand - the centre bead has been squashed and this strand needs re-stringing

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A Chanel brooch, 1990s, signed to the filligree

Lot 28: A Chanel brooch, 1990s, signed to the filligree

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Description: A Chanel brooch, 1990s, signed to the filligree reverse, with large faux blister pearls, green and red cabochon stones, 7cm, 2 3/4in diam

Condition Report: good condition, very slight scuffing to the centre pearl surface - barely visible

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A Chanel triple strand pearl choker necklace,

Lot 29: A Chanel triple strand pearl choker necklace,

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Description: A Chanel triple strand pearl choker necklace, 1980s, signed, with blister pearl and green and red cabochon stone medallion, approx 40cm, 15 3/4in long

Condition Report: good condition, no problems, lovely piece

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A Chanel jewelled cuff, 1980s, signed, with large

Lot 30: A Chanel jewelled cuff, 1980s, signed, with large

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Description: A Chanel jewelled cuff, 1980s, signed, with large central green and carnelian coloured cabochon stones with borders of pearl and emerald-green cabochon stones on gilt mount, 6cm, 2 1/4in diam

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A Chanel bracelet, 1980s, formed from linked

Lot 30A: A Chanel bracelet, 1980s, formed from linked

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Description: A Chanel bracelet, 1980s, formed from linked platelets each carrying a classic Chanel motif, 20cm, 8in long

Condition Report: good condition, one 'pearl' with tiny chip to finish

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A group of costume jewellery, 1980s-90s,

Lot 31: A group of costume jewellery, 1980s-90s,

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Description: A group of costume jewellery, 1980s-90s, comprising Dior boutique dragonfly brooch with articulated wings and pendant jewelled body, 10cm, 4in long; a pair of Dior ear-rings, the rhinestone pendants on wine velvet ribbons; and two pairs of elaborate Lacroix couture ear-rings, one pair of baroque gilt scrolls with amethyst tinted stones; the others with turquoise and coral cabochon stones, 11cm, 4 1/4in (7)

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A Chanel gilt chain necklace with pearl pendant,

Lot 32: A Chanel gilt chain necklace with pearl pendant,

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Description: A Chanel gilt chain necklace with pearl pendant, 1980s, signed, the multi-strand plaited chain with eliptical green sliding medallion with droplet below buddha-like clasps, 32-42cm, 12 1/2 - 16 1/2in in Cartier box; together with a Chanel chunky baroque style crucifix with green and red stones, signed (2)

Condition Report: crucifix is lacking the fasteners

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A Chanel `blister pearl' necklace and ear-rings,

Lot 33: A Chanel `blister pearl' necklace and ear-rings,

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Description: A Chanel `blister pearl' necklace and ear-rings, 1980s, both signed, the necklace dated 1983, the massive ear-clips with facetted rhinestones to the centre and pear-shaped droplets, the necklace 46cm, 18in diam, the clips 8cm, 3in long (3)

Condition Report: Necklace good condition, the ear-rings - each of the droplets have small nicks to the pearl finish

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Seven pairs of Chanel ear-rings, 1980-90s, signed,

Lot 34: Seven pairs of Chanel ear-rings, 1980-90s, signed,

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Description: Seven pairs of Chanel ear-rings, 1980-90s, signed, and a velvet edged pair, un-signed (16)

Condition Report: Three pairs of earrings - one pair, the 'pearls' are badly scuffed, other two pairs have minor chips to finish. The CC hoop earrings - the hook on one needs tightening as the CC pendant detaches

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Three Christian Lacroix heart shaped Christmas

Lot 35: Three Christian Lacroix heart shaped Christmas

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Description: Three Christian Lacroix heart shaped Christmas brooches, dated 1995, 2007, of dark steel-effect, silver and gilt metal, the largest 10cm, 4in (3)

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Thierry Mugler jewellery, 1980s, un-signed,

Lot 36: Thierry Mugler jewellery, 1980s, un-signed,

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Description: Thierry Mugler jewellery, 1980s, un-signed, comprising black and anthracite glass star burst brooch and matching ear-rings, with Mugler Paris paper tag; a copper cuff veneered in beige grit/sand, with matching hoop shaped ear-rings and matching ear-shaped ear-rings (8)

Condition Report: one of the rubber pods needs replacing on an earclip for the hoop earrings, some of the metallic 'crystals' are slightly dipped but nothing immediately noticeable

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Thierry Mugler jewellery, 1980s, un-signed,

Lot 37: Thierry Mugler jewellery, 1980s, un-signed,

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Description: Thierry Mugler jewellery, 1980s, un-signed, comprising: Communist collection star shaped brooch; domed and ribbed ear-rings; a pair of resin star-shaped ear-rings and matching brooch, (6)

Condition Report: good condition, no problems

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A group of 1980s jewellery, un-signed, comprising:

Lot 38: A group of 1980s jewellery, un-signed, comprising:

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Description: A group of 1980s jewellery, un-signed, comprising: pair of Mugler resin star-shaped ear-rings; Mugler silvered metal flowerhead ear-rings; Jean Paul Gaultier ram's head and safety pin ear-rings in pouch; a gilt wheat-ear brooch, probably Mugler; and a green beaded trefoil brooch (9)

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A Louis Vuitton trunk, 1885-1890, the massive

Lot 39: A Louis Vuitton trunk, 1885-1890, the massive

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Description: A Louis Vuitton trunk, 1885-1890, the massive brass lock engraved LV, with brown painted canvas exterior, wooden struts with brass studs, iron carrying handles to the side and metal edges painted in black, red and white striped paper interior with two lift out trays, large LV trunk trade label of a striped trunk with `289 Oxford St, Regent Circus London; Rue Scribe Paris' address, no 26049, 57cm 22 1/4in high; 90cm 35 1/2in long, 53cm 21in wide The large trunk trade label was only used between 1885 and 1890.

Condition Report: exterior has been repainted brown and black. Bash to top right side of lid where a patch of canvas is missing. red and white striped paper interior which has been largely papered over. Under the lid section where the later added paper has been removed there is a partially revealed wine coloured Vuitton label. In the lower section where most of the later added paper has been removed there is a wonderful trade label in the form of a striped Louis Vuitton trunk.

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Two Goyard suitcases, probably 1950s, with

Lot 40: Two Goyard suitcases, probably 1950s, with

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Description: Two Goyard suitcases, probably 1950s, with signature weave-effect printed canvas, leather trim and handles, brass locks with two keys, lined in yellow satinised cotton, each initialled in white paint S.M., 48cm, 19in high, 80cm 31in long, 22 and 16cm 8 1/1 and 6 1/2in wide (2)

Condition Report: Stencilled in white SM to upper closures. Good painted canvas exteriors, leather handles are good. Leather edges are good, slight scuffing. Yellow cotton interiors - bit dusty and soiled. Rust marks from buckles on straps and keys are corroded.

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A Louis Vuitton suitcase, with traditional LV

Lot 41: A Louis Vuitton suitcase, with traditional LV

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Description: A Louis Vuitton suitcase, with traditional LV canvas, leather handle and trim, brass lock engraved LV H8, initialled to the top in red ECJ, 52cm, 20 1/2in high, 80cm, 31 1/2in long, 21cm, 81/2in wide; together with a leather gladstone case, a brown leather suitcase with black and wine painted stripes, a small leather box (4)

Condition Report: ·         LV: Exterior is good condition, cannot inspect interior as case has been locked and won't open. Slight scuffing to leather corners, handle is very rubbed, glue residue left on one side (minor) Leather suitcase - painted stripes, canvas interior is soiled round the edges to exterior" Gladstone bag - quite badly scuffed, handle is very rubbed and breaking at one end." Small leather box - slightly scuffed

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An Ede & Sons wooden trunk, which belonged to

Lot 42: An Ede & Sons wooden trunk, which belonged to

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Description: An Ede & Sons wooden trunk, which belonged to H.R.H. Prince George Frederick K.G. (later to become King George V, 1865-1936), circa 1884, the lid with large engraved brass name plaque, brass banding and decorative studwork, the wooden frame covered in black morocco, the interior with 'Ede & Sons, Robe Makers, 94 Chancery Lane' stamp, on castor wheels, 52cm high by 106cm long by 56cm wide, 20 1/2 by 41 3/4 by 22in; together with a small brass plaque engraved with a crown and 'The King' (2) The chest probably originally contained the Prince's Garter robes. He was given this honour by Queen Victoria on 4th August, 1884 aged 19.

Condition Report: Leather flap which edges the lid is very worn and torn. The leather sides are scuffed generally. Interior is very fresh and has scarlet braid banding. Brass side handles are missing, lacking key to the lock. Crack in the wood running along the edge of the central panel on the lid and two surface cracks running along the leather surface to the two outer panels of the lid.

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The Duchess of Windsor's black patent leather

Lot 43: The Duchess of Windsor's black patent leather

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Description: The Duchess of Windsor's black patent leather handbag, circa 1957-60, with gilt rope-twist interlaced W's cypher, ribbed gilt metal sliding clasp to one side of the metal frame, lined in black grosgrain with six compartments, 21cm long; with original Sotheby's sale tag, (2) Provenance: ex lot 2321 Sotheby's The Duke and Duchess of Windsor Collection, February 1998.

Condition Report: Slight rubbing to the gilding on the frame, the handle on the left side has been re-stitched where it loops through and has splits in the leather here also. There is slight crazing to the leather on the handle and a small split. The rear right edge the seam has been re-stitched and there is a loose piece of leather approx 5cm

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H.R.H. the Duke of Windsor's Hunting Lord of the

Lot 44: H.R.H. the Duke of Windsor's Hunting Lord of the

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Description: H.R.H. the Duke of Windsor's Hunting Lord of the Isles tartan evening suit, 1951, woven in shades of green and white wool, the Scholte double-breasted jacket labelled and indistinctly annotated `H.R.H. the Duke of Windsor', dated 8.6.51 and numbered 2719, with wide lapels, side vents, curved cuffs with three buttons; the matching trousers by Harris of New York, zip fastened, with narrow tapering legs to the ankle; together with a Hawes & Curtis matching backless waistcoat, no 4996, and cummerbund; a Scholte dark green corduroy backless waistcoat, bearing the Duke's name, dated 8.10.47, no 189493; and two Hawes & Curtis white pique highland style dress-waistcoats chest 97cm, 38in, waist 74cm, 29in (7) This suit is one of the most stylish and flamboyant of all of the Duke's wardrobe. He was photographed wearing it in the early 1960s but was to continue to wear it throughout his life. It combined carefully considered tailoring with the dramatic use of an ancient highland tartan. The modern cut combined with the traditional tartan produced an avant-garde and almost shocking ensemble. Every time the Duke ordered a suit it must have posed something of a logistical nightmare. His jackets were made by his favoured London tailor - Scholte, his waistcoats, shirts and accessories by Hawes & Curtis, but for his trousers he went to New York for - his 'pants across the sea' as Wallis jokingly called them. This is the suit of a quintessential dandy. As Prince of Wales and throughout his life he loved to lead fashion rather than to follow it. A suit of such dramatic pattern and colour would undoubtedly make him stand out in a crowd (as if he didn't already) though such is the power of the ensemble that few would probably dare to follow his lead - and should they try, they would be unlikely to pull it off with the elan of the Duke! Provenance. Sotheby's auction of the wardrobe of the Duke of Windsor, lot 2922, 24th February, 1998.

Condition Report: Good overall condition. Harris trousers - darned repair approx 1.5cm square to light green area top of left inside leg and tiny moth hole to one side. 1 x 7.5cm tartan bands applied to inside front hems - presumably to add extra stiffness to help hold front pleat in a sharp pleat. Unlabelled. Good colours, very fresh appearance." Scholte jacket - inked name on label has almost completely worn away - barely legible. Two tony moth holes, barely noticeable to centre-back shoulder area" Scholte green cord waistcoat - clearly dated 8/10/47, good strong colour, silk neck band has frayed and split, otherwise very fresh" Hawes and Curtis waistcoat - tiny brown spot above left pocket, barely noticeable, good condition" Cummerbund - good condition, has a little pocket in the lining for a watch or lighter" Two pique waistcoats - good condition, slightly lengthened over the shoulders, one has rust marks on cotton at rear buckle fastening"

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Elizabeth Taylor's Chanel couture gold brocatelle

Lot 45: Elizabeth Taylor's Chanel couture gold brocatelle

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Description: Elizabeth Taylor's Chanel couture gold brocatelle cocktail suit, circa 1964, un-labelled, comprising: simple A-line strapless cocktail dress, lined in raspberry silk, edged and piped with silk moiré grosgrain; the matching short, boxy jacket with stand collar, patch pockets, characteristic lion mask buttons, moiré lining and gilt chain-weighted hem, dress bust 94cm, 37in, waist 71cm, 28in; together with a letter of authenticity signed by the vendor (3) Provenance: The suit was given as a gift to the wife of Elizabeth Taylor's accountant Ernest E. Greenberg who was a similar height and size to Miss Taylor.. He worked for Miss Taylor and her husband Richard Burton in the mid 1960s. Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton's romance began on the set of 'Cleopatra' which was filmed in 1961. At the time they were married to Eddie Fisher and Sybil Williams. It was not until 1964 that their respective divorces were complete and they were able to re-marry which they did in Montreal on March 15th, 1964. This suit was made when the Burton's were still relative newly-weds. It seems that Elizabeth Taylor's time on the lavish Cleopatra set gave her something of a penchant for wearing gold.

Condition Report: Lacking Chanel label. The waist has been let out the side seams on the skirt have been let out, the two darts at the front bodice below the bust have been let out. The lower skirt side seams and hem have not been altered. It would be possible to put the dress back to the original size and shape. The jacket is un-altered, slight fraying to the silk edges of the buttonholes. Faint perspiration stains to lining at underarms. Small hole approx 1cm to lining close to zip base.

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The Philip Somerville black and white hat worn by

Lot 46: The Philip Somerville black and white hat worn by

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Description: The Philip Somerville black and white hat worn by Kate Middleton on the occasion of the Order of the Garter being presented to H.R.H. Prince William, 16th June 2008, labelled Philip Somerville, by Appointment to Her Majesty the Queen, the straw toque applied with woven horsehair brim, intersected with black and white plumes, 46cm, 18in diam. together with a letter of authenticity from the vendor and xerox excerpts from her diary showing the appointment with Catherine Middleton and a hire receipt (4)

Condition Report: Crown and brim on upperside is faded, looks dark brown in comparison to the underside which is black, otherwise good condition

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The black 'Aurora' picture hat worn by Kate

Lot 47: The black 'Aurora' picture hat worn by Kate

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Description: The black 'Aurora' picture hat worn by Kate Middleton on the occasion of the wedding of Harry Meade, in the company of H.R.H. Prince William, 23rd October 2010, labelled 'Get Ahead Hats,' with swirling organza crown, transparent wired open-weave brim, adorned with two plumes and a curleque, 51cm, 20in diam; together with a letter of authenticity from the vendor, a rental receipt and a xerox copy from her diary showing the meeting with Catherine Middleton and her mother (4)

Condition Report: Crown and brim on top is very slightly faded, otherwise good condition

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Cecil Beaton costume design for Audrey Hepburn as

Lot 48: Cecil Beaton costume design for Audrey Hepburn as

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Description: Cecil Beaton costume design for Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Doolittle, in the film 'My Fair Lady', 1964, in Beaton's hand inscribed 'Lisa' - Scene 62, in gouache and in pencil in another hand Chg 8, 'Louise' and indistinct numbering concealed below mount, worked in gouache with an Edwardian style humble grey/brown day dress, matching swatch of fabric to lower corner, 48 by 30cm within mount and frame This is design is very similar but not identical to the dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in the elocution scene. It must have been an alternative version. Provenance for lots 48 to 56: These sketches are from the collection of the late Henry Sidoli who was employed by Warner Tone, a subsidiary of Warner Brothers who produced the `My Fair Lady' film in 1964. He purchased them during his time with the company.

Condition Report: Good condition, very, very faint smudge to top left corner, good.

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Cecil Beaton costume design for `My Fair Lady',

Lot 49: Cecil Beaton costume design for `My Fair Lady',

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Description: Cecil Beaton costume design for `My Fair Lady', the Ascot scene, 1964, signed Beaton and numbered in pencil 12391, 8704, pencil and gouache depicting an elegant woman in white draped velvet gown with hobble skirt and large muff, grey hat with ostrich plume, swatch of velvet to base, and scrap of notepaper inserted with the name 'Shirley Jones', 49 by 30cm within mount and frame Shirley Jones was named as one of the actresses to whom Jack L Warner was to offer the role of `Eliza' if Audrey Hepburn turned down the role. This gown appears several times in the Ascot scene of the film.

Condition Report: couple of puncture marks bottom left corner where staples were removed, very slight creasing in paper and faint grey smudge lower right corner - not immediately noticeable. Good condition

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