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General Clothing

Clothes are as old as mankind. Early humans of the Stone Age draped themselves in animal hides before Paleolithic people began weaving plant fibers into cloth. Textiles ultimately gained significant cultural and economic importance, shaping the direction of fashion and commerce for centuries to come.

It may have all started in the ancient world, when anthropologists say the string skirts mentioned by the Greek poet Homer and depicted in Bronze-Age artifacts could have been worn at the equivalent of debutante balls to celebrate budding womanhood. But it was the 20th century that transformed clothing in the West. Liberty of London loosened corset laces, Coco Chanel invented the little black dress, Yves Saint Laurent spawned couture's rise, and Mary Quant shrunk hemlines to unseen levels. For their part, menswear designers like Ralph Lauren and Giorgio Armani provided men with relaxed elegance, Savile Row gave the world British bespoke, and Italian tailors like Brioni took dressing to new handcrafted heights.

As a result, auction enthusiasts can today indulge in recent catwalk looks from Calvin Klein and Givenchy as well as vintage clothing including flapper era trappings, early Levi's jeans, and more.


Quick Facts

  • In a 2015 Richard Edmonds auction in England, a pair of Queen Victoria's cotton bloomers sold for £10,500
  • Grunge rock cult figure Kurt Cobain's cardigan sweater worn at his 1993 performance on MTV's "Unplugged" fetched an incredible $140,800 at a Julien's auction in 2015
  • In 2011, Marilyn Monroe's famed subway scene dress from "The Seven-Year Itch" sold at a Profiles in History auction in Beverly Hills for a staggering $5.6 million

Recommended Items at Auction

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A Jumper Marked Patagonia, Size M/L
May 25, 10:00 AM AEST
A Jumper Marked Patagonia, Size M/L
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD1008 Bids
A Shirt & Jumper Marked Assembly Lable, Size M
May 25, 10:00 AM AEST
A Shirt & Jumper Marked Assembly Lable, Size M
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD608 Bids
A Pair of pants & Jumper marked Assembly Studios etc. Size M
May 25, 10:00 AM AEST
A Pair of pants & Jumper marked Assembly Studios etc. Size M
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD608 Bids
Four T-shirts Marked Taylor Swift, Size L
May 25, 10:00 AM AEST
Four T-shirts Marked Taylor Swift, Size L
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD457 Bids
Two Jumpers Marked Nike etc. Size M
May 25, 10:00 AM AEST
Two Jumpers Marked Nike etc. Size M
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD407 Bids
Three Pairs of Underwear Marked Calvin Klien, Size M
May 25, 10:00 AM AEST
Three Pairs of Underwear Marked Calvin Klien, Size M
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD507 Bids
A Group of Work Socks
May 25, 10:00 AM AEST
A Group of Work Socks
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD457 Bids
A Set Marked Flook, Size S/M
May 25, 10:00 AM AEST
A Set Marked Flook, Size S/M
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD706 Bids
Five Button Up Shirts Marked Charles Tyrwritt, Size 44
May 25, 10:00 AM AEST
Five Button Up Shirts Marked Charles Tyrwritt, Size 44
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD906 Bids
Two Jumpers Marked Nike etc. Size M
May 25, 10:00 AM AEST
Two Jumpers Marked Nike etc. Size M
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD406 Bids
Three T-shirts & Jumper, Size XXL
May 25, 10:00 AM AEST
Three T-shirts & Jumper, Size XXL
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD306 Bids
Two Shirts Marked In Bed, Size 3
May 25, 10:00 AM AEST
Two Shirts Marked In Bed, Size 3
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD356 Bids
A Group of Various Socks Marked Stussy etc.
May 25, 10:00 AM AEST
A Group of Various Socks Marked Stussy etc.
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD305 Bids
Two Pairs of Shorts Marked Ralph Lauren etc. Size 33/M
May 25, 10:00 AM AEST
Two Pairs of Shorts Marked Ralph Lauren etc. Size 33/M
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD505 Bids
Five Pairs of Underwear Marked Vanta etc. Size M
May 25, 10:00 AM AEST
Five Pairs of Underwear Marked Vanta etc. Size M
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD355 Bids
Two Pairs of Pants Marked Charles Tyrwhitt, Size 36
May 25, 10:00 AM AEST
Two Pairs of Pants Marked Charles Tyrwhitt, Size 36
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD404 Bids
A Set Marked The Lullaby Club, Size XS
May 25, 10:00 AM AEST
A Set Marked The Lullaby Club, Size XS
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD304 Bids
A Group of Colorful Socks
May 25, 10:00 AM AEST
A Group of Colorful Socks
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD304 Bids
Four Pairs of Period Underwear, Size 8-10, 10-12
May 25, 10:00 AM AEST
Four Pairs of Period Underwear, Size 8-10, 10-12
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD254 Bids
Two Pairs of Jeans Marked A Brand etc. Size 12
May 25, 10:00 AM AEST
Two Pairs of Jeans Marked A Brand etc. Size 12
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD404 Bids
Six T-shirts, Size XXL
May 25, 10:00 AM AEST
Six T-shirts, Size XXL
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD354 Bids
Two Pairs of Pants & Shorts, Size 34
May 25, 10:00 AM AEST
Two Pairs of Pants & Shorts, Size 34
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD354 Bids
Three Pairs of Leggings & Two Tops Size L/XL
May 25, 10:00 AM AEST
Three Pairs of Leggings & Two Tops Size L/XL
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD304 Bids
VLTN cashmere black jumper with logo, size XL
May 30, 7:00 PM AEST
VLTN cashmere black jumper with logo, size XL
by Lawsons
Est: AUD60- AUD80
AUD1004 Bids

Sellers Who Sell General Clothing


Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers

Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers

Julien's Auctions

Julien's Auctions

Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

Berliner Auktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG

Berliner Auktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG