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Vintage Couture Fashion Auctions

A typical vintage couture fashion auction description notice would be similar to the one by Leslie Hindman Auctioneers & Appraisers and detailed below. This auction event in Chicago was last year.  Remember you don't have to go to most auctions to bid, you can bid by telephone or leave a bid with the auction house by prior arrangement.  At Leslie Hindman, bids may be placed by telephone, by leaving an absentee form, by bidding live during the auction, or on Ebay's Live Auction interactive web site.  For an auction such as this one you also have the option to download a bid form from the website at and take your time to think about your possible bid.

Usually an auction house would advertise a forthcoming vintage couture fashion auction in venues where interested parties might become aware of the auction.  It may well also email former purchasers and sellers and those on its regular newsletter.  So if you want to have regular notice of such auctions you need to sign up at auction houses for newsletter notices.

The press notice below details the where, when and what is for sale of this particular auction.  The images are just typical examples of the stock of lots available at a quality vintage fashion auction. They are a selection of items from what is a large number of vintage fashion, costume and retro items all focusing on collectible, desirable, clothing and accessories of an earlier fashion era.


 Vintage Couture, Textiles and Accessories Auction

Typical auction details - this auction now closed.

Auction Date June 21, 2005

For more information, please call 312-280-1212 or visit

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago is pleased to announce a couture and vintage clothing auction on June 21, 2005.  The auction showcases a selection of vintage clothing, accessories, handbags, and costume jewellery, from designers such as Chanel, Hermes, Christian Dior, Norell, Yves Saint Laurent, Givenchy, Manolo Blahnik, Geoffrey Beene, Gucci, Oscar de la Renta, and Pucci among others.

Highlights from the auction include property worn by Oprah Winfrey, including a Chanel skirt suit worn by Ms. Winfrey on The Oprah Winfrey Show, estimated at $300-500, and a Gianfranco Ferre Ensemble, also worn by Ms. Winfrey on The Oprah Winfrey Show, estimated at $200-400.

Additional highlights include a Chanel 1950s black organza short ruffle evening dress with velvet detail estimated to bring $800-1,200; an Oscar de la Renta 1970s emerald green chiffon boutique cocktail dress estimated to bring $200-400; a Norell wool coat, 1960s, estimated to bring $400-600; and a 1950s Ceil Chapman black silk tulle cocktail dress estimated to bring $200-400.

All images here are courtesy of and are available for auction until June 21 2005.  After that time this page is merely an example of a typical vintage fashion auction and the variety of items that might be offered.

Hermes Multi Color Kelly Bag, $6,000-8,000 Chanel Jade Poured Resin Earrings Alligator Clutch Mary McFadden Polished Gold Cuff
Hermes Multi Color Kelly Bag, $6,000-8,000
Lot 334
Chanel Jade Poured Resin Earrings,
Lot 390
Alligator Clutch
1960s, $200-400
Lot 254
Mary McFadden Polished Gold Cuff, $200-400
Lot 370

Pucci Beach Tote and Sun Hat,
Lot 315

1970's Oscar de la Renta Boutique Cocktail Dress 1932 Black Velvet Beaded Evening Gown  (back view). 1960's Christian Dior- New York Wool Coat Oscar de la Renta Satin Dress Chanel Skirt Suit Property worn by Oprah Winfrey
1970's Oscar de la Renta Boutique Cocktail Dress, $200-400
Lot 68
1932 Black Velvet Beaded Evening Gown, (back) $400-600
Lot 6
1960's Christian Dior- New York Wool Coat,
Lot 49
Oscar de la Renta Satin Dress
Lot 220
Chanel Skirt Suit Property worn by Oprah Winfrey $300-500
Lot 100A

Other highlights include a 1960s tan wool knit A-line Norell wool coat estimated to bring $400-600; a Louis Vuitton cashmere mod dress estimated at $200-300; two Vivienne Westwood corset bustiers estimated at $300-600; a pair of Louis Vuitton pony hair tall boots estimated to bring $300-600; and a pair of Hermes 1970's burgundy suede fold-over boots estimated at $500-700

Hermes Kelly Watch

Hermes Kelly Watch, $500-700  Lot 395

Highlights from the accessories session include an Hermes Kelly watch, Hermes Birkin and Kelly bags, Chanel costume jewellery including camellia enamel earrings, Kenneth Jay Lane costume jewellery, a collection of Hermes silk and cashmere scarves, a French 1950s alligator handbag, sable accessories, and a collection of Louis Vuitton luggage.

This auction is now closed, but this information gives an idea of typical viewing times.

Auction Date and Time

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Exhibition Information

  • Tuesday, June 14, 10am - 6pm

  • Wednesday, June 15, 10am - 6pm

  • Thursday, June 16, 10am - 7pm

  • Friday, June 17, 10am - 6pm

  • Saturday, June 18, 10am - 5 pm

  • Monday, June 20, 10am - 3pm


Bids may be placed by telephone, by leaving an absentee form, live during the auction, or on Ebay's Live Auction interactive web site. You may download a bid form from our website at . For more information, please call 312-280-1212.

122 North Aberdeen Street
Chicago, IL 60607

For more information, please contact Macy Nyhart at 312-334-4201.
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers
122 North Aberdeen Street
Chicago, IL 60607  312-280-1212


Footnote:- Black belt in the header is a Chanel Black Satin Bow Belt from the 1990s, $50-100 and is Lot 245. This image is also courtesy of 

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