Perfume Bottles Auction
Las Vegas, Nevada
May 3, 2013
Friday, May 3rd, 2013, in conjunction with the International Perfume Bottle Association’s 25th annual convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Perfume Bottles Auction brought in a $340,000 result with a 4% passed lot rate.
Prominent among property offered from estates and private collections, was a single owner collection from South America featuring a varied selection of commercial perfume bottles, including a 1914 Rene Lalique bottle of black glass for Forvil that brought $9,000, and a 1925 Julian Viard bottle for Bartelli’s “Eva” sold for $7,200.
Standing among the well known perfumers and renowned glass makers was an unknown miniature wooden “Victrola” cabinet housing an assortment of Czechoslovakian manufactured commercial bottles for Rochambeau with Holman labels, which generated active bidding to $9,600.
With 75% of the items offered at “no reserve”, solid interest and conservative prices ruled the night, selling through 200 years of perfume and vanity items, including a Boucheron opal and silver pendant perfume (once owned by Lou Lou de la Falaise) sold for $3,600, and a 1936 Borsari metal and plastic mounted sailboat bottle that fetched $4,200.
Early chatelaine, scent, and Palais Royal bottles, as well as assorted atomizers, powder boxes, compacts, and lipsticks, preceded a fine collection of Czechoslovakian bottles, highlighted by a rare 1920’s black crystal bottle with Egyptian nude, sold for $4,500.