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SEP-OCT 2017

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Page 60 of 155 59 contrary, the luxury handbag market is full of fakes - even "super- fakes", so named because they are incredibly difficult to discern. When entering the luxury handbag market, it is imperative that collectors buy from reputable dealers and educate themselves on authentic marks and construction. The most coveted names in vintage handbag collecting remain among the top designers today. Expect to pay a premium for these names, especially when buying from an expert, reputable dealer or auction company. Names like Judith Leiber, Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Givenchy and Prada are coveted brands with a strong following, but they are faked less frequently than brands at the top-tier of the collecting world:Chanel, Herm├Ęs and Louis. As a result, they can sneak through a smaller-selling venue without attracting the same attention as their headline-making counterparts, making them a better alternative for buyers looking to get into the game. At a national auction company, a bidder would expect to pay in the four-figure range for any of the top brands. Take another step back and include makers like Emilio Pucci, Dior, Tom Ford and Versace, and the secondary buying market offers tremendous opportunity to acquire a great deal, often below $1,000. Looking for a fun and risk-free way to kick off a collecting habit? Start with 20th century bags by relatively unknown makers for under $100. Up the style game and join the hunt in the hot collecting world of vintage handbags. Some of my favorite sites include (of course) smaller auction venues like Selkirk in St. Louis and Garth's in Columbus, but also,, and scouring local estate and tag sales in tony neighborhoods. Happy hunting!. sl Amelia Jeffers is an nationally-known auctioneer and appraiser who has worked in the fine art, antiques and bespoke collectibles market for over 20 years.

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