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Scarves & Wraps - General

Solame of biblical lore seductively danced for King Herod draped in seven veils, at least according to Oscar Wilde's telling of the story. But she would hardly be the last to keep herself under wraps for warmth, ornamentation, and an air of mystery.

The scarf is believed to have originated in Ancient Rome when Romans used them to keep perspiration at bay. But what began as a glorified handkerchief is today capable of effortlessly elevating any ensemble.

Once year-round staples for style-savvy women, scarves and wraps eventually faded into the fashion background. But these malleable expanses of material have made a strong comeback. Today, Hermès of Paris, appreciated for its iconic silk scarves, is but one highly coveted producer of silken panels. Other French brands including Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and Saint Laurent have loyal followings, as do Italian labels Gucci, Versace, and Etro.

Whether rendered in silk, wool, cashmere, or other material, vintage scarves and wraps by big-name designers and lesser-known independent makers alike have enduring appeal.


Quick Facts

  • A set of eight YSL scarves from the '70s and '80s sold at a Christie's auction in London in 2008 for £500
  • In a 2014 Austin auction, a Fendi fringed cashmere shawl embellished with mink fur rosettes sold for $425
  • In August 2014, a rare '40s silk scarf with a geometric design conceived by American abstract artist Irene Rice Pereira sold on eBay for $1,100

Recommended Items at Auction

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BULK LOT OF 250 SILK/BLEND SCARVES
Apr 24, 10:00 AM EDT
BULK LOT OF 250 SILK/BLEND SCARVES
by Gallery 63
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$1503 Bids
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LOUIS VUITTON LOGOMANIA SCARF W/BOX
Apr 24, 10:00 AM EDT
LOUIS VUITTON LOGOMANIA SCARF W/BOX
by Gallery 63
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$1503 Bids
Vintage Designer Louis Vuitton Pure Silk Monogrammed Scarf
Apr 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Vintage Designer Louis Vuitton Pure Silk Monogrammed Scarf
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $25- $250
$502 Bids
PAIR OF GOOD KASHMIR PAISLEY SHAWLS 19th C
Apr 24, 9:00 AM CDT
PAIR OF GOOD KASHMIR PAISLEY SHAWLS 19th C
by Jackson's International
Est: $75- $150
$601 Bid
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LOT OF 3 CELINE SCARVES
Apr 24, 10:00 AM EDT
LOT OF 3 CELINE SCARVES
by Gallery 63
Est: $400- $600
$1001 Bid
Vintage Gucci GG Woven Wool Monogram Shawl
Apr 30, 12:00 PM EDT
Vintage Gucci GG Woven Wool Monogram Shawl
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $25- $250
$251 Bid
GRAYSON PERRY (BRITISH B.1960) SILK SCARF 'THE BRITISH MUSEUM - A PERSONAL MAP'
Apr 24, 10:30 AM BST
GRAYSON PERRY (BRITISH B.1960) SILK SCARF 'THE BRITISH MUSEUM - A PERSONAL MAP'
by Dreweatts 1759 Fine Sales
Est: £80- £120
£401 Bid
Collection Silk Scarves, Hankerchiefs, GUCCI
Apr 28, 10:00 AM CDT
Collection Silk Scarves, Hankerchiefs, GUCCI
by Rivich Auction
Est: $100- $500
$251 Bid
Vintage Embroidered Floral Shawl Scarf
Apr 28, 10:00 AM CDT
Vintage Embroidered Floral Shawl Scarf
by Rivich Auction
Est: $100- $500
$251 Bid
Group of Eight Designer Scarves
May 07, 10:00 AM EDT
Group of Eight Designer Scarves
by Hindman
Est: $400- $600
$2001 Bid
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GUCCI/FERRAGAMO FLORAL SILK SCARVES
Apr 24, 10:00 AM EDT
GUCCI/FERRAGAMO FLORAL SILK SCARVES
by Gallery 63
Est: $400- $600
$1001 Bid
LARGE FLORAL SILK CHIFFON SCARF / SHAWL, GUCCI
Apr 26, 10:00 AM EDT
LARGE FLORAL SILK CHIFFON SCARF / SHAWL, GUCCI
by Ahlers & Ogletree Inc.
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
LOT DE 36 CHÂLES ET PAREOS DE PLAGE
Apr 25, 2:30 PM CEST
LOT DE 36 CHÂLES ET PAREOS DE PLAGE
by Accademia Fine Art
Est: €200- €400
€101 Bid
19TH CENTURY SHAWLS AND GLASS BEADWORK
Apr 27, 11:00 AM EDT
19TH CENTURY SHAWLS AND GLASS BEADWORK
by Kimball's Auction
Est: $100- $800
$501 Bid
Collection of Assorted Scarves
Apr 23, 10:00 AM EDT
Collection of Assorted Scarves
by Weschler's
Est: $30- $50
$151 Bid
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SALVATORE FERRAGAMO LEOPARD SCARF, 34 IN.
Apr 24, 10:00 AM EDT
SALVATORE FERRAGAMO LEOPARD SCARF, 34 IN.
by Gallery 63
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
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BURBERRY BLUE COTTON BLANKET W/BOX
Apr 24, 10:00 AM EDT
BURBERRY BLUE COTTON BLANKET W/BOX
by Gallery 63
Est: $400- $600
$1001 Bid
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LOT OF 2 BURBERRY SCARVES + CHARITY SCARF
Apr 24, 10:00 AM EDT
LOT OF 2 BURBERRY SCARVES + CHARITY SCARF
by Gallery 63
Est: $400- $600
$1001 Bid
Group of Assorted Scarves
Apr 23, 10:00 AM EDT
Group of Assorted Scarves
by Weschler's
Est: $30- $50
$151 Bid
manila shawl
Apr 25, 5:00 PM CEST
manila shawl
by Duran Arte y Subastas
Est: €0- €0
€3250 Bids
manila shawl
Apr 25, 5:00 PM CEST
manila shawl
by Duran Arte y Subastas
Est: €0- €0
€3250 Bids
manila shawl
Apr 25, 5:00 PM CEST
manila shawl
by Duran Arte y Subastas
Est: €0- €0
€3250 Bids
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Yves SAINT LAURENT
Apr 25, 4:00 PM CEST
Yves SAINT LAURENT
by Expertisez.com
Est: €60- €80
€500 Bids
Ladies Vintage Gloves, Scarves, Hankies
Apr 26, 8:30 AM EDT
Ladies Vintage Gloves, Scarves, Hankies
by Keystone Auctions LLC
Est: $50- $150
$250 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Scarves & Wraps - General


Kinghams Auctioneers

Kinghams Auctioneers

Gallery 63

Gallery 63

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Isbilya Subastas

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Lion and Unicorn