'Kelly' is always a classic at Bonhams

Designer Fashions, Accessories and Jewellery
25 Jun 2012
Los Angeles

Los Angeles – Bonhams is pleased to announce a stellar result for its inaugural US sale of 'What Women Want...At Auction' on June 25 in Los Angeles. Known as the ultimate insider's shopping experience, this auction category delivers luxury brands and chic style at desirable prices. Highlights for the well-heeled buyer included a robust selection of designer vintage and contemporary fashions, shoes, accessories, handbags and luxury goods.

Handbags and accessories of note included a classic Hermes black crocodile 'Kelly' handbag (est. $10,000-20,000, sold for $26,250); a large Hermes navy canvas and black leather tote bag (est. $700-1,000, sold for $ 5,625); a Judith Leiber® 'Queen of Hearts' book-form minaudiere (est. $1,300-1,500, sold for $2,375); a Judith Leiber® multicoloured crystal bull frog minaudiere (est. $1,000-1,500, sold for $2,000); a mother of pearl and 18k white gold bracelet, Van Cleef & Arpels (est. $3,500-4,500, sold for $4,375) and a diamond, emerald and 18 karat white gold elephant charm, Cartier (est. $3,200-3,800, sold for $3,750).

Clothing highlights included a black Pierre Cardin dress with silver metal discs down the front (est. $300-400, sold for $4,750); a long sheer black and white Yves St. Laurent gown (est. $400-600, sold for $4,375); a light blue and multi-color Chanel coat together with a blue, yellow and black slip dress (est. $500-700, sold for $3,125); a long sheer multicoloured Yves St. Laurent gown (est. $400-600, sold for $3,125) and a purple rhinestone and embroidery trimmed An Yves St. Laurent jacket together with a silk taffeta ruffle neck blouse, skirt and underskirt (est. $400-600, sold for $2,500).

Since launching in the U.K., 'What Women Want...At Auction' sales have become a unique part of the fashion experience in London. Continuing on the forefront of fashion, Bonhams has brought together some of the most desirable accessories, shoes and handbags on the planet for women in Los Angeles who love to shop and who enjoy the best of everything.

Press Contact: Jannelle Grigsby, jannelle.grigsby@bonhams.com, (310) 567-7990


Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a further three in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to www.bonhams.com

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