Copy Cat Couture Auctions Flattering but the Original is Always the Best

In (JUNE 2006) Shapiro started the concept of couture auctions in Australia. Since then a number of online and on the street auction houses have also tested the waters. The October sale at Shapiro attracted a strong line up of all the best names in the high end fashion world, including Pucci, Cartier,Tiffany&Co, Bulgari. The marketing centerpiece of the sale was a pair of size 39 Chanel limited edition black leather boots from the 2007 Paris Monte Carlo collection. They sold for $4680(inc.BP)

The strong fashion savvy crowd in the room and a number of keen phone bidders gave the afternoon a competitive yet friendly buzz. Lot 531, a Courreges dress worn by 60’s Scottish model Fiona Campbell-Walker to the Aga Khan’s wedding, which she attended with her then husband Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza, had paddles flashing. The sequined mini dress finally sold for $1020, well above its $500-700 estimate. All the Emilio Pucci items were highly sought-after, tripling estimates and a Leonard long dress fetched $600.

Andrew Shapiro said the big names all proved themselves on the secondary market, noting that Cartier and gold were particularly strong. Lot 331 a Hermes Stainless steel watch sold for $3600 (inc BP.)