Bonhams Presents the Chanel Collection
Black and White Coco Sailor Flap bag, Chanel, Cruise Collection 2014, (Includes serial sticker, authenticity card, dust bag and box)

Bonhams will be hosting its first sale dedicated to Chanel next month when its Designer Handbags and Fashion department will host the 'The Chanel Collection: Online Auction' from 5 to 16 February.

As the name suggests the sale is dedicated to the luxury French fashion house, offering more than 200 pieces ranging from clothing and accessories to handbags and jewellery. Many of the lots are offered from an extensive single-owner collection which formed the centrepiece of the auction.

Meg Randell, Head of Bonhams Designer Handbags and Fashion Department, said: "We are thrilled to be offering such a fantastic collection. It's the finest selection of Chanel that I have had the pleasure to handle.

"Despite being over 100 years old, Chanel remains one of the world's most desirable luxury brands. One of the reasons of its enduring popularity is that many of Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel's original designs continue to inspire current Chanel collections."

CHANEL: ALWAYS IN FASHION
Among the fashion to be offered in the first sale will be more than 90 items of Chanel clothing from the classic tweed suits and jackets to dresses and jeans, all dating from 2010 onwards.

Many pieces are from the 'ready to wear' runway shows, including the celebrated Supermarket, Dubai and Cuba Collections. Most are offered with their original tags and labels and many pieces are unworn. The sale will also offer costume jewellery, scarves, shoes and even a pair of Wellingtons with the famous Camellia design.

Highlights include:

WHITE FLEECE CROPPED JACKET, Chanel, Cruise 2012, blue and black metallic trim with silver tone buttons, estimate £400-600.

ENSEMBLE GOLD BLOUSE AND BLACK LEATHER MOSAIC SKIRT, Chanel, Pre-Fall 2011 Byzantium Collection. Gold silk shirt in with amber style buttons, skirt in black leather with gold and red leather woven design. Estimate £400-600.

BLACK AND WHITE KNITTED EVENING DRESS, Chanel, Fall 2012. Floor length with knitted back design, estimate £300-500.

Said Meg Randell: "Chanel was the first designer to use tweed as a high-fashion fabric, which continues to be used in every collection released by the fashion house. The collection offered by Bonhams features many tweed jackets, dresses, skirts, and even handbags. Chanel really is the epitome of true style that never goes out of fashion."

The sale also features 19 Chanel handbags, which range from the classic flap shoulder bags to a Graffiti messenger bag, the cult protest bag.

Examples include:

BLUE METALLIZED MEDIUM BOY BAG, Paris Dallas Collection 2014.
Blue leather with Swarovski stones, ruthenium hardware. Estimate £2,500-3,500.

BYZANTINE TWEED LESAGE REISSUE FLAP BAG, c. Pre-Fall 2011. A limited-edition Lesage Tweed body with glass beads, stone embellishments and small brass chain hardware. Chain strap with woven black cord and enamel stones. Estimate £2,000-3,000.

GRAFFITI ON THE PAVEMENTS MESSENGER BAG, Spring 2015,
Graffiti design khaki canvas with embroidered CC design and pin badges, brown leather trim. Estimate £1,500-2,000.

The jewellery includes Chanel's trademark chain belts, pearls and 'double C' motif, with highlights including:

GILT AND PEARL MOON NECKLACE, Chanel, Cruise 2015 Dubai Collection. Pale gilt chain interspersed with simulated pearls and crystal embellished moon and CC charms, estimate £500-800.

BLACK LACE AND CHAIN CHOKER, Chanel, Spring 2009,
Black lace with button motifs and hung with multiple gunmetal chains, £400-600.

ENAMEL CUCKOO CLOCK CLIP EARRINGS Chanel Metiers d'Art 2015 Salzburg Collection, estimate £300 – 500.

GILT ROPE TWIST CC DROP EARRINGS Chanel, c. 2003, estimate £200 - 300.

The Chanel Collection: Online Auction will be a timed online auction running for 11 days from 5 to 16 February inclusive, using Bonhams proven and successful online auction system, on the Bonhams website Bonhams.com.

During this time bidders can request a condition report from the Bonhams specialists, enhanced images and video footage of all the lots in order to make informed decisions and bid with confidence.

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