IF YOU MISSED Sloans & Kenyon‘s vintage fashion auction, here’s a little something to make the upcoming chilly weekend and Valentine’s Day a little cheerier.
Many of the furs included in the late January auction did not sell. Warmer-than-average temperatures did not help, according to fashion auction curator Sabina Fogle. The good news is that some of the nicest furs may be bid on for immediate purchase at considerably lower prices than their original estimates. Ina Ginsburg’s (she was Andy Warhol’s D.C. editor) Fendi beige raincoat with fitch fur trim, originally estimated at $6,800, is now estimated at about $400. A brown mink coat in a herringbone pattern could go for under $800. A coffee-colored Furs of Kiszaly sheared ranch mink knee-length coat (a charitable donation) with no reserve is set for less than $500; its original estimate was $1,500-$3,000. Ginsburg’s Dennis Basso couture long black mink ($3,000-$6,000 original estimate) and her golden haze short swing mink coat ($3,500 estimate) are still available, too. Call Sloans and Kenyon (301-634-2330) to make a post-sale bid.
If that doesn’t warm your heart, Sloans and Kenyon’s February Estate Catalogue auction on Sunday, Feb. 14, will feature several lots of jewelry, including a stunning three-strand blue chalcedony stone necklace with matching earrings (estimate $400-$600) and a 14k gold heart-shaped pendant with diamonds hung on a silk black cord (estimate $400-$500).
Looking ahead to spring, Fogle says, “We have a lot more Ina [Ginsburg} suits in beautiful colors and feminine floral motifs, including a Christian Dior silk gown. Look for a lot of Oscar de la Renta, Guy Laroche and Courreges.”