Bonhams is pleased to offer a fine collection of designer handbags from the collection of acclaimed actress of stage and screen, Lauren Bacall. Her love of Paris brought her to Hermès many times, where she purchased the extremely rare brown alligator 'Kelly' 35 handbag (lot 308, estimate $20,000-30,000) in 1990. The handbag, in pristine condition, is accompanied by a signed pouch, optional shoulder strap and gold-toned hardware. The Bacall collection also includes a Hermès black leather toiletry case, 1982 (lot 307, estimate $2,000-3,000), and a Hermès white leather and olive canvas 'Kelly' bag, 1994, (lot 301, estimate $2,000-3,000) as well as handbags by Giorgio Armani, Swarovski, Renaud Pellegrino, Mulberry and Azzedine Alaїa. Rounding out the offering is a Bulgari enamel, diamond and eighteen karat gold melon-form compact purchased by Ms. Bacall in Rome (lot 309, estimate $8,000-12,000).
The Salon Jewellery sale continues with great gift ideas for the holidays. For men, there are several pairs of cufflinks by such makers as Grima, David Webb, and Van Cleef & Arpels. There are a variety of ladies and gentleman's wristwatches as well. For animal lovers is a whimsical diamond and eighteen karat gold squirrel-form brooch (lot 613, estimate $2,000-3,000). A highlight of the sale is a fine sapphire and diamond brooch by one of the earliest and most important metalcrafters of the English Arts & Crafts Movement, Frank Gardner Hale (lot 410, estimate $2,000-3,000). Among other unusual offerings are three G. Argy-Rousseau pate-de-verre "Cigale" pendant necklaces (lots 426, 428 and 430, estimates $1,500-2,000 each). The Salon sale also includes a large selection of unmounted coloured diamonds, sure to be of interest to those clients who like to create their own jewels.
The entire sale, as well as additional auctions of Fine Jewellery, Watches, Wristwatches & Clocks, will be exhibited at Bonhams galleries located on Madison Avenue at 56th Street. Exhibition hours are Saturday and Sunday, December 8-9, 12-5pm, Monday, December 10, 10am-7pm, Tuesday, December 11 10am-5pm and Wednesday, December 12 10am-12pm.
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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