The Kerry Taylor auction house in Bermondsey doesn't enjoy such a high profile as the big London auction houses but it still attracts some cracking lots. I have yet to get myself over there to take a squiz but happily get sent their newsletter so I can 'virtually' drool over the beautiful garments.
The first image shows a sensational Alexander McQueen for Givenchy, kimono ensemble from their most recent auction, which had an estimate of £5-8000 but sold for an eye watering £31,200, going to a major overseas museum.
The second image is of an exquisite Chanel Summer cocktail dress 1956 (a great vintage year if I may say so). The cautious estimate was £1000-£2000 but it absolutely flew and the hammer fell at £20,400.
If you can spare the time visiting an auction house on one of the viewing days can be great fun, especially when you have a passion for the items on sale. I must try and make their next sale, although it would be perilous to register to bid, like Oscar Wilde I can resist anything but temptation.
The next date for Vintage Fashion and Textiles is October 15th 2013.