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Vanity Accessories - General

The tradition of grooming oneself before a mirror is as old as human civilization itself. The ancient Greek myth of Narcissus, who caught sight of his reflection in a pool and instantly fell in love with himself, is still widely circulated today as a reminder of human vanity and the value we place on physical appearance.

In ancient Egypt, royalty and wealthy nobles used mirrors to adjust their wigs and apply eye kohl, rouge, and aromatic oils. These and other vanity accessories were buried with their owners in magnificent underground tombs, suggesting their importance as status markers in the afterlife. The use of mirrors, combs, makeup, and other grooming accouterments evolved throughout the 18th century, when European women conducted elaborate morning rituals involving powdered wigs, face powder, rouge, hair accessories, and jewelry. Men also used vanity accessories during this period, adorning their heads with powdered wigs and gazing into mirrors to adjust their trousers to display their calf muscles, a trend begun by King Louis XIV of France.

Today, vanity accessories are essential to almost everyone’s morning routine. Using an assortment of products, consumers act as artists, fashioning their identities and presenting their individual personalities and styles to the world. Brushes, perfume bottles, handheld mirrors, powder boxes, manicure sets, bath products, and countless other vanity accessories are sold at auction.

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COMPLETE HMSS BOXED VANITY SET, BIRMINGHAM 1906, INC. TWO VANITY JARS
May 23, 9:00 AM AEST
COMPLETE HMSS BOXED VANITY SET, BIRMINGHAM 1906, INC. TWO VANITY JARS
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD303 Bids
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BOXED HMSS VANITY SET, BIRMINGHAM 1933, INC. TWO VANITY POTS
May 23, 9:00 AM AEST
BOXED HMSS VANITY SET, BIRMINGHAM 1933, INC. TWO VANITY POTS
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD203 Bids
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THREE HMSS MOUNTED VANITY ITEMS, WEIGHT 895G
May 23, 9:00 AM AEST
THREE HMSS MOUNTED VANITY ITEMS, WEIGHT 895G
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD101 Bid
TUCK CHONG & CO SILVER VANITY SET
May 26, 3:00 PM PDT
TUCK CHONG & CO SILVER VANITY SET
by Midnight Sun Antique Auction
Est: $300- $400
$1001 Bid
Mussolini, Benito (Dovia di Predappio, 29 luglio 1883 – Giulino, 28 aprile 1945)
May 28, 3:00 PM CEST
Mussolini, Benito (Dovia di Predappio, 29 luglio 1883 – Giulino, 28 aprile 1945)
by Bertolami Fine Art s.r.l.
Est: €400- €500
€3000 Bids
TOELETTE IN LEGNO DI ROVERE, XX SECOLO
May 28, 1:45 PM CEST
TOELETTE IN LEGNO DI ROVERE, XX SECOLO
by Wannenes Art Auctions
Est: €50- €70
€500 Bids
Three Antique Blue Enamel Vanity Boxes with engine turned design, each 1 5/8" dia. one with a chip.
May 25, 1:00 PM EDT
Three Antique Blue Enamel Vanity Boxes with engine turned design, each 1 5/8" dia. one with a chip.
by Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches
Est: $50- $100
$250 Bids
Silver and glass vanity set circa 1930
May 29, 5:00 PM CEST
Silver and glass vanity set circa 1930
by Duran Arte y Subastas
Est: €0- €0
€1000 Bids
DRIEDELIG TOILETSTEL
May 20, 10:00 AM CEST
DRIEDELIG TOILETSTEL
by DEWIT Auctions
Est: €20- €50
€100 Bids
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10pc Hase Geneve Swiss Sterling Guilloche Enamel Vanity Set
Jun 02, 2:00 PM EDT
10pc Hase Geneve Swiss Sterling Guilloche Enamel Vanity Set
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$2000 Bids
(17 Pc) Antique Traveling Vanity Kit
Jun 06, 12:00 PM EDT
(17 Pc) Antique Traveling Vanity Kit
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $25- $250
$250 Bids
A George V cased silver manicure set
May 23, 10:00 AM BST
A George V cased silver manicure set
by Martel Maides
Est: £40- £50
£350 Bids
VANITY GROUPING INCL. CELLULOID, GUILLOCHE ENAMEL
May 30, 11:00 AM EDT
VANITY GROUPING INCL. CELLULOID, GUILLOCHE ENAMEL
by Westport Auction
Est: $50- $10,000
$500 Bids
Vintage dresser accessories
May 25, 10:00 AM EDT
Vintage dresser accessories
by TEG Auction Gallery
Est: $25- $55
$100 Bids
La Futuriste Art Deco Dresser Inlaid Celluloid Vanity Set By Agalin
May 26, 11:00 AM EDT
La Futuriste Art Deco Dresser Inlaid Celluloid Vanity Set By Agalin
by Collective Hudson, LLC
Est: $250- $500
$2500 Bids
New in the box elite large size satin black
Jun 11, 6:00 PM CDT
New in the box elite large size satin black
by Easterly Auction Company
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids
An Antique Blush Pink Guilloche Enamel Manicure Set
May 29, 11:00 AM AEST
An Antique Blush Pink Guilloche Enamel Manicure Set
by Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
Est: AUD60- AUD80
AUD300 Bids
(24Pc) Antique Bakelite Traveling Vanity Set
Jun 06, 12:00 PM EDT
(24Pc) Antique Bakelite Traveling Vanity Set
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $200- $2,000
$1000 Bids
A vanity case
May 28, 7:00 PM WEST
A vanity case
by Veritas Art Auctioneers
Est: €2,650- €2,800
€2,6000 Bids
Mixed Vanity Lot
May 30, 10:00 AM CDT
Mixed Vanity Lot
by Cedarburg Auction & Appraisals LLC
Est: $30- $60
$250 Bids
Mixed Lot Vanity Items
May 30, 10:00 AM CDT
Mixed Lot Vanity Items
by Cedarburg Auction & Appraisals LLC
Est: $30- $60
$250 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Vanity Accessories - General


Albion Antique Auction Centre

Albion Antique Auction Centre

Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches

Auction Gallery of the Palm Beaches

Akiba Galleries

Akiba Galleries

Cedarburg Auction & Appraisals LLC

Cedarburg Auction & Appraisals LLC