Moran’s December Luxury, Couture & Accessories boasted a 99% sell-through rate
• Covetable bags from Hermès and Chanel were snatched up by collectors
• Gowns and dresses from important mid-century designers resonated with buyers
• Accessories and knits from Hermès proved extremely popular
MONROVIA, CA – Moran’s December 10th Luxury, Couture & Accessories auction was a success with only three lots going unsold. Staple pieces and statement pieces alike were being snatched up just in time for the holidays. Moran’s will next feature a luxury auction in May and already has a winning selection of clothing and accessories ready for the sale.
Gorgeous handbags and accessories from prominent designers were among the top lots of the day. A stunning and brightly-colored Hermès 35cm Birkin bag created a stir when it hit the block, selling to a determined phone bidder for $8,125 (all prices realized include Moran’s 25% buyer’s premium). A classic Chanel Diana small flap bag in luxurious lambskin was brought out many times during the public preview and sold for $2,125. A white Hermès Constance bag was a hit at the block, soaring past it’s high estimate of $1,200 to bring $2,000.
A fine selection of dresses and gowns are surely bound for holiday soirees. A fuschia Christian Dior New York evening gown from the 1950s was based on the Soirée d’Asie dress designed for the Autumn/Winter 1955 collection and brought $938 at the block. A delightful coral pink ruched Irish linen evening gown from Sybil
Connolly sold to a determined Invaluable bidder who took home the dress for $938. An orange version of the Sybil Connolly dress brought $625 at the block.
Aside from classic handbags, cozy knits and accessories were the big hits of the auction. A cheeky mushroom-motif sweater from Hermès brought a smile to everyone’s face who came to preview and brought $469 at the block. A cashmere and wool blanket from Hermès with its buttery soft texture was snatched up by a determined online bidder for $594. An equally soft cashmere shawl also by Hermès will surely keep the buyer warm this winter and realized $562.
Moran’s is starting the 2020 auction year off with a slate of fine auctions beginning with Studio Fine Art and Studio Decorative Art auctions in January. Spring will see the annual California & American Fine Art, Art of the American West, 20th Century Art + Design, Prints & Multiples, Fine Jewelry, and Luxury auctions as well as a special single-consignor auction featuring the important collection of Cindy and Stuart Tietze-Hodosh.
For upcoming highlights, online catalogues, and more information on these sales, visit Moran’s website: www.johnmoran.com. Bidding is now available online via Moran’s new mobile app Moran Mobile, available on both iOS and Android operating systems. Live bidding on a desktop is available through bid.johnmoran.com; bidding is also supported by telephone, absentee, or in person.
Consignment inquiries are always welcome.
“Staple pieces and statement pieces alike were being snatched up just in time for the holidays. ”