The market for luxury goods is one of the fastest growing in the auction industry and Sworders provides a simple, reliable platform to promote your luxury goods to a global audience, helping to secure the best possible prices.
The term ‘luxury’ has many connotations and when we think about specific items that fit the bill, there are numerous!
The current market for designer handbags is vast but brands such as Chanel, Hermes and Louis Vuitton, to name just a few, are particularly sought after. Think Sloane Street, high end ‘luxury’ handbags that are now collector’s pieces or buy-to-wear fashion statements.
We are also seeking vintage and modern designer luggage. Over the years Sworders has achieved high prices for streamer trunks by makers such as Louis Vuitton and Goyard. In our previous specialist luxury goods auctions we sold a rare Mulberry full-size wardrobe trunk that achieved £4,400* and a classic Louis Vuitton monogrammed streamer trunk, sold last year for £4,900*.
Next on the shopping list are pens! Not your average biro but luxury branded fountain and ballpoint pens from makers such as Mont Blanc, Conway Stewart, Graf Von Faber-Castel, David Oscarson and Van Cleef and Arpel - the list goes on. These modern writing implements can be worth thousands of pounds and are high on the list for collectors. This category also includes rare vintage pens, especially examples from the 1920s and 30s including the rare Alfred Dunhill Namiki maki-e lacquer fountain pen which in good condition can command exceptionally high prices at auction.
Finally the sale includes luxury desk accessories such as desk stands, miniature timepieces, match strikers, inkwells, humidors and designer book-ends. Timepieces from luxury retailers such as Hermes, Jaeger LeCoultre and Mappin and Webb are desirable, along with smart pieces that would look the part on any executive’s desk.
This auction is about style, brand identity and above all ‘luxury’!
Introducing the Sworders Directory of Fashion Designers. Here you will find information on some of the world's most iconic brands whose works have been sold by Sworders, or will feature in an upcoming specialist auction. We will continue to expand and develop this directory over the coming months.
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Prudence Hopkins - BA (Hons) FGA
Jewellery and Accessories
Prudence is an Auctioneer and Jewellery Valuer at the Stansted auction rooms and Head of the Designer Handbags and Couture department. She has a BA Honours in Historical Fashion and Costume and a Diploma in Gemmology (FGA) and Diamonds (DGA) from The Gemological Association of Great Britain. During her time working in the industry she has built up an extensive knowledge in her specialism.
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