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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Collection of Assorted Costume Rings
Oct 19, 10:00 AM EDT
Collection of Assorted Costume Rings
by Weschler's
Est: $10- $20
$152 Bids
Two assorted onesies size XL
Oct 23, 10:00 AM AEDT
Two assorted onesies size XL
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD30- AUD50
AUD151 Bid
A bag of assorted gold coloured costume jewellery
Oct 19, 6:00 PM AEDT
A bag of assorted gold coloured costume jewellery
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD30- AUD50
AUD151 Bid
A bag of assorted costume jewellery marked Diy Drip
Oct 19, 6:00 PM AEDT
A bag of assorted costume jewellery marked Diy Drip
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD30- AUD50
AUD151 Bid
Group of 10 assorted T-Shirts
Nov 07, 10:00 AM CDT
Group of 10 assorted T-Shirts
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $500
$151 Bid
Carhart Vest - Size 3XL
Oct 21, 10:00 AM CDT
Carhart Vest - Size 3XL
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$11 Bid
Cow hide buggy robe
Oct 22, 9:00 AM EDT
Cow hide buggy robe
by Chupp Auctions & Real Estate, LLC
Est: $25- $200
$200 Bids
2 EUROPEAN ECCLESIASTICAL CHASUBLES
Oct 23, 10:00 AM EDT
2 EUROPEAN ECCLESIASTICAL CHASUBLES
by Oakridge Auction Gallery
Est: $2,500- $3,500
$1,2000 Bids
PETER MAX SIGNED SUPER BOWL XXVIII SHIRT 1994
Oct 23, 10:00 AM EDT
PETER MAX SIGNED SUPER BOWL XXVIII SHIRT 1994
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
14K Diamond Necklace & 14K Diamond Jacket Ring
Oct 23, 9:00 AM EDT
14K Diamond Necklace & 14K Diamond Jacket Ring
by Case Antiques, Inc. Auctions & Appraisals
Est: $500- $550
$2500 Bids
CAROL CHANNING RALPH LAUREN JACKET & TAHARI PANTS
Oct 21, 9:00 AM PDT
CAROL CHANNING RALPH LAUREN JACKET & TAHARI PANTS
by Abell Auction
Est: $50- $100
$500 Bids
ÉCOLE ITALIENNE - Femme en costume, Femme en costume, Femme en costume, Paysanne en service
Oct 25, 2:00 PM CEST
ÉCOLE ITALIENNE - Femme en costume, Femme en costume, Femme en costume, Paysanne en service
by Cornette de Saint-Cyr-Bruxelles
Est: €400- €500
€4000 Bids
A pair of Plains hide gloves,
Oct 27, 9:00 AM PDT
A pair of Plains hide gloves,
by Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
Est: $100- $200
$700 Bids
A purple satin robe adorned with arabesques of metallic thread-strapwork, Turkish, 19th century
Oct 25, 10:30 AM BST
A purple satin robe adorned with arabesques of metallic thread-strapwork, Turkish, 19th century
by Kerry Taylor Auctions
Est: £400- £600
£3200 Bids
DAMIEN HIRST SHIRT.
Oct 21, 10:30 AM BST
DAMIEN HIRST SHIRT.
by John Nicholsons Fine Art Auctioneer & Valuer
Est: £50- £100
£450 Bids
Kellogg's Cereal T-Shirts - Tony the Tiger
Oct 24, 2:00 PM EDT
Kellogg's Cereal T-Shirts - Tony the Tiger
by Pace & Hong Auctions, LLC
Est: $0- $0
$120 Bids
Muelle. A green tag on a white T-shirt
Oct 27, 5:00 PM CEST
Muelle. A green tag on a white T-shirt
by Duran Arte Y Subastas
Est: €0- €0
€1,5000 Bids
Nine Inch Nails Fragility v2.0 Private Dress Rehearsal T-Shirt
Oct 18, 6:00 PM PDT
Nine Inch Nails Fragility v2.0 Private Dress Rehearsal T-Shirt
by Heroes and Legends
Est: $300- $400
$1000 Bids
Totes and "Peace" Shirt (size L)
Oct 21, 10:00 AM CDT
Totes and "Peace" Shirt (size L)
by McCurley Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$10 Bids
Large Assortment Of Men’s & Women’s Clothing
Oct 23, 10:00 AM MST
Large Assortment Of Men’s & Women’s Clothing
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$100 Bids
A bag of assorted Halloween costumes incl. pumpkin outfit
Oct 23, 10:00 AM AEDT
A bag of assorted Halloween costumes incl. pumpkin outfit
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD30- AUD50
AUD150 Bids
Group of 22 Popeye Clothing
Nov 07, 10:00 AM CDT
Group of 22 Popeye Clothing
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $500
$150 Bids
Group of 10 assorted T-Shirts
Nov 07, 10:00 AM CDT
Group of 10 assorted T-Shirts
by Matthew Bullock Auctioneers
Est: $30- $500
$150 Bids
Antique Ottoman Silk Brocade Kaftan/Coat
Nov 15, 10:00 AM EST
Antique Ottoman Silk Brocade Kaftan/Coat
by Material Culture
Est: $500- $1,000
$2500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell General Clothing


Theodore Bruce

Theodore Bruce

Matthew Bullock Auctioneers

Matthew Bullock Auctioneers

McCurley Auction Company

McCurley Auction Company

Abell Auction

Abell Auction