15 Standout Pieces From WGACA’s $1.7 Million Christie’s Auction

by Charles Manning

On September 18, vintage retailer What Comes Around Goes Around (WGACA) celebrated their 25th anniversary with a special auction at Christie’s in New York. The auction featured over 200 lots of ultra-rare designer pieces from Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and more, and brought in $1,659, 250 when all was said and done. Among the standout pieces on the block were a wicker Hermès Kelly bag from 2011 that brought in $47,500 and a tan tweed Chanel couture suit from the early 1960s, which sold for $10,000, blowing its paltry $700 pre-auction price estimate completely out of the water. Check out some of the other big winners and extra-special pieces below.

1. Limited Edition Natural Barénia Leather and Osier Picnic Kelly 35 With Palladium Hardware
Hermès, 2011
Estimated pre-auction value: $24,000 – $30,000
Sold at auction for: $47,500

2. Tan Tweed Haute Couture Jacket and Skirt
Chanel, Early 1960s
Estimated pre-auction value: $700 – $900
Sold at auction for: $10,000

3. Limited Edition Monogram Centenaire Sybilla Umbrella Backpack
Louis Vuitton by Sybilla, 1996
Estimated pre-auction value: $1,500 – $2,000
Sold at auction for: $1,875

4. Classic Monogram Canvas Bisten 70 Suitcase
Louis Vuitton, 1970s
Estimated pre-auction value: $3,000 – $4,000
Sold at auction for: $4,750

5. Shiny Rouge H Porosus Crocodile Sellier Mini Kelly 20 With Gold Hardware
Hermès, 1993
Estimated pre-auction value: $20,000 – $30,000
Sold at auction for: $35,000

6. Limited Edition Black Calf Box Leather So Black Birkin 35 With Black Hardware
Hermès by Jean Paul Gaultier, 2011
Estimated pre-auction value: $15,000 – $20,000
Sold at auction for: $43,750

7. Set of Three: Black and Gold Chain Sunglasses, Black and Gold Leather CC Chain Belt, and Black Lambskin Leather Quilted Hat
Chanel, ca. 1980s – 1990s
Estimated pre-auction value: $2,000 – $3,000
Sold at auction for: $3,500

8. Métiers D’Art Paris-Rome White Marble Lucite Perfume Bottle Clutch With Gunmetal Hardware
Chanel, Pre-Fall 2016
Estimated pre-auction value: $3,000 – $4,000
Sold at auction for: $6,000

9. Brown Mink & Suede Chaps
Hermès
Estimated pre-auction value: $800 – $1,200
Sold at auction for: $3,000

10. Limited Edition Blue Carbon & Polyurethane Surfboard by Philip Barland
Chanel, 2015
Estimated pre-auction value: $8,000 – $10,000
Sold at auction for: $12,500

11. Black and Gold Lambskin Leather and Metal Chain Bottle Holder
Chanel, 1994
Estimated pre-auction value: $2,000 – $3,000
Sold at auction for: $3,500

12. Set: Black and White Fiberglass Skis, Black and White Metal Ski Poles, Black and White Carbon Fiber Ski Helmet, Black Oversized Sunglasses, Black Quilted Nylon and Cotton Ski Jacket
Dior, 2004, 2000’s
Estimated pre-auction value: $2,000 – $3,000
Sold at auction for: $3,750

13. Set: Black Rubber Basketball, Black Runner Rugby Ball, Black and White Tennis Racquet Set
Chanel, 2010, 2007, 2011
Estimated pre-auction value: $1,500 – $2,000
Sold at auction for: $6,875

14. Black Canvas and Buffalo Leather Trim Hammock 
Hermès, 2000’s
Estimated pre-auction value: $1,000 – $1,500
Sold at auction for: $3,500

15. Limited Edition Gold Leather and Black Carbon Bicycle by Peugeot
Hermès, 1994
Estimated pre-auction value: $1,000 – $1,500
Sold at auction for: $10,625

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