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Women's Clothing

Vintage women's clothing is in high demand in auction circles. Culled from boutique closeouts, displays, estates, and the overstuffed closets of fashion-obsessed celebs and socialites, clothing auctions brim with offerings that often see competitive bidding.

From pieces rooted in formal European glamour to nostalgic '90s classics spawned by hip-hop and grunge, the vast range of periods and styles available offers something for every taste and sensibility.

At auction, connoisseurs find a steady stream of barely-worn vintage clothing, museum-quality antique apparel, and old, never-sold pieces. These often include gently-used Balenciaga bags, box-new Manolo Blahniks, and once-worn couture gowns by the likes of Christian Dior, Oscar de la Renta, and Halston.


Quick Facts

  • Prime clothing pieces sell in the four or even five-figure range, sometimes more. In 2011, Marilyn Monroe's "The Seven Year Itch" white subway dress sold for more than $5.6 million in a Beverly Hills auction
  • In July 2015, a red polka dot dress worn in the 1934 film "Stand Up and Cheer" by child star Shirley Temple sold for $75,000 at a Kansas city auction organized by Theriault's
  • In a June 2015 Kennedy family lot, Nate D. Sanders Auctions sold a cream-patterned maternity dress worn by Jacqueline Kennedy in 1960 while she was pregnant with her son John F. Kennedy Jr. for $10,000

Recommended Items at Auction

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Lot of Vintage Dresses and a Shirt
Oct 04, 12:00 PM EDT
Lot of Vintage Dresses and a Shirt
by Old Kinderhook Auction Company
Est: $50- $100
$1106 Bids
MATCH 100% Cashmere Poncho Style Top
Oct 19, 10:00 AM EDT
MATCH 100% Cashmere Poncho Style Top
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $20- $200
$12 Bids
Antique and Vintage Clothing
Oct 08, 9:00 AM EDT
Antique and Vintage Clothing
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$152 Bids
DRIES VAN NOTEN Button Up Cardigan
Oct 19, 10:00 AM EDT
DRIES VAN NOTEN Button Up Cardigan
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $40- $90
$11 Bid
VINTAGE FLORAL EMBROIDERED WOOL SKIRT, MEXICO
Oct 15, 10:00 AM CDT
VINTAGE FLORAL EMBROIDERED WOOL SKIRT, MEXICO
by Austin Auction Gallery
Est: $80- $200
$501 Bid
Vintage Talbots Knit & Embroidered Pullover Christmas Sweater
Oct 10, 11:00 AM EDT
Vintage Talbots Knit & Embroidered Pullover Christmas Sweater
by Denise Ryan Auction Co.
Est: $25- $500
$101 Bid
Vintage Fetaggetti Knit Christmas Tree Ladies Pull Over Sweater
Oct 10, 11:00 AM EDT
Vintage Fetaggetti Knit Christmas Tree Ladies Pull Over Sweater
by Denise Ryan Auction Co.
Est: $25- $500
$101 Bid
10 1920's Undergarments
Oct 22, 10:00 AM CDT
10 1920's Undergarments
by Donley Auction Services
Est: $80- $100
$401 Bid
1960's 14 Piece Lot Ladies
Oct 22, 10:00 AM CDT
1960's 14 Piece Lot Ladies
by Donley Auction Services
Est: $100- $150
$501 Bid
Vintage Ladies Clothing
Oct 08, 9:00 AM EDT
Vintage Ladies Clothing
by Dovetail Auctions, LLC
Est: $5- $500
$51 Bid
Three Dress Lot 1910-1915, Titanic Era
Oct 22, 10:00 AM CDT
Three Dress Lot 1910-1915, Titanic Era
by Donley Auction Services
Est: $150- $250
$801 Bid
Two figured fabric caftans
Oct 05, 10:30 AM CEST
Two figured fabric caftans
by Cambi Casa d'Aste
Est: €100- €200
€1001 Bid
Adjustable Tru Shape Dress Form by Singer
Oct 03, 5:00 PM MST
Adjustable Tru Shape Dress Form by Singer
by R & R Auction INC
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Adjustable ACME Dress Form Size Jr
Oct 03, 5:00 PM MST
Adjustable ACME Dress Form Size Jr
by R & R Auction INC
Est: $0- $0
$51 Bid
Seated woman with fur stole, Late 19th century
Oct 08, 4:00 PM CEST
Seated woman with fur stole, Late 19th century
by ArtLaRosa
Est: €0- €0
€2000 Bids
Lot of Eileen Fisher & Ellen Tracy Clothes
Oct 04, 12:00 PM EDT
Lot of Eileen Fisher & Ellen Tracy Clothes
by Old Kinderhook Auction Company
Est: $50- $100
$250 Bids
A cotton lace outfit, first half 20th century
Oct 05, 10:30 AM CEST
A cotton lace outfit, first half 20th century
by Cambi Casa d'Aste
Est: €200- €300
€2000 Bids
Two lace evening gowns, Giunta Milano, 1960s
Oct 05, 10:30 AM CEST
Two lace evening gowns, Giunta Milano, 1960s
by Cambi Casa d'Aste
Est: €400- €500
€4000 Bids
Three garments
Oct 05, 10:30 AM CEST
Three garments
by Cambi Casa d'Aste
Est: €400- €500
€4000 Bids
A sequined outfit, Lia Biffi, 1950s
Oct 05, 10:30 AM CEST
A sequined outfit, Lia Biffi, 1950s
by Cambi Casa d'Aste
Est: €200- €300
€2000 Bids
Two evening gowns, Giunta Milano, 1950s
Oct 05, 10:30 AM CEST
Two evening gowns, Giunta Milano, 1950s
by Cambi Casa d'Aste
Est: €400- €500
€4000 Bids
A long lace gown, 1906
Oct 05, 10:30 AM CEST
A long lace gown, 1906
by Cambi Casa d'Aste
Est: €2,500- €3,000
€2,4000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Women's Clothing


Donley Auction Services

Donley Auction Services

Il Ponte Auction House

Il Ponte Auction House

Denise Ryan Auction Co.

Denise Ryan Auction Co.

Cambi Casa d'Aste

Cambi Casa d'Aste