Friday, February 10, 2012
Our own Réginald-Jérôme de Mans, the interweb's most comprehensive cataloger of luxury goods, points out that Arcturial, the French auction house, is putting 450 lots of vintage Hermès goods under the hammer on February 17. The expected prices almost look reasonable given the declining Euro, reasonable being a totally unexpected event in France these days, at least until one calculates the buyer's premium and shipping.
Prices aside, the sale offers a good selection of Hermès printed cashmere scarves, silk squares and pochettes and those prices appear to compare favorably to what a specialist in the vintage stuff would ask (this with the caveat that my experience in vintage Hermès comes from a few eBay auctions). Unless of course they get bid up. Bidding is a competitive sport and the danger is always that one can overpay in the heat of battle.
Both telephone and online bids will be accepted from pre-registered bidders.
Posted by Will at 7:00 AM