Louis Vuitton suitcase
With stamped leather trim and brass fittings, leather handle, LV stamped locks, the interior of saffron coated canvas with four wood jacket hangers, wood bar stamped: made in France for Louis Vuitton Paris London, three compartments, with stickers from Grand Hotel Marienbad, Excelsior Hotel, Rome, Continental Palace Hotel, Saigon, red and yellow painted monogram E.V.L., New York.

Dimensions: 30x20x8-1/2 inches
Sold for $813 at Doyle auction house in 2009.
www.Doylenewyork.com

A Louis Vuitton steamer trunk garnished in leather and brass. Stamped: Louis Vuitton.

Dimensions: length 43-1/2 inches, height 21-1/4 inches, depth 13 inches
Pre-auction estimate: $2,000-$4,000
Actual: Sold for $1,830 at Leslie Hindman's auction house in Chicago in 2009.

A Louis Vuitton monogram-canvas train case, circa 1970s, with original key. Stamped: Louis Vuitton.

Dimensions: 28x8x18 inches
Pre-auction estimate: $600-$800
Actual: Sold for $915 at Leslie Hindman auction house in Chicago in 2009. lesliehindman.com
Call 312/280-1212 and ask for Abigail K. Rutherford

A group of three Louis Vuitton hard-sided cases in the L.V. monogram pattern canvas. All stamped: Louis Vuitton/112113.

Pre-auction estimate: $800-$1,200
Actual: Sold for $3,120 at Leslie Hindman's auction house in Chicago in 2008.
www.lesliehindman.com

A group of four Louis Vuitton travel cases, circa 1950s, comprised of two train cases, a cosmetic case and a shoe case, all with a yellow monogram JHW from the previous owner. Sold with original keys. All stamped Louis Vuitton.

Pre-auction estimate: $2,000-$3,000
Actual: Sold for $4,148 at Leslie Hindman's auction house in 2009.
www.lesliehindman.com

A Louis Vuitton signature wardrobe trunk, early 20th century, conjures up visions of traveling on the QE2. When standing upright, the front opens up into multiple drawers on one side and hanging compartments on the other, monogram at side A.G. New York, with hotel stickers throughout. Stamped: Louis Vuitton/Paris London. 43x21x17 inches.

Pre-auction estimate: $4,000-$6,000
Actual: Sold for $7,962 at Leslie Hindman auction house in Chicago in 2008.
www.lesliehindman.com

Louis Vuitton square suitcase, circa 1935
Monogram canvas, LV stamped leather trim, brass locks and corners, lock number 104269, stenciled in red on side VHG Rosemont, PA, the interior of natural linen, fitted with webbed tray and elasticized pocket, interior labels: Louis Vuitton/Paris/London/ Cannes/Vichy/Nice/ with addresses, number 812132, and Bought From John Wanamaker/New York/Philadelphia.

Dimensions: Height 19 inches, width 19-1/2 inches, depth 8-3/4 inches.
Condition: very good, minor marks to canvas.
Sold for $1,625 at Doyle New York in 2002.
www.Doylenewyork.com

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A vintage Vuitton suitcase on later mahogany stand

Height: 18-1/2 inches, width 31 inches, depth 20-3/4 inches
Pre-auction estimate: $2,000-$3,000
Actual: Sold for $3,750 at Christie’s New York in 2008.
www.Christies.com

A complete set of vintage Vuitton luggage in the L.V. monogram pattern hits the auction block at Christie’s April 6 and 7. The set of four is estimated to go for $1,200 to $1,800.

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A Louis Vuitton monogram-canvas train case, circa 1970s, with original key. Stamped: Louis Vuitton.

Dimensions: 28x8x18 inches
Pre-auction estimate: $600-$800
Actual: Sold for $915 at Leslie Hindman auction house in Chicago in 2009. lesliehindman.com
Call 312/280-1212 and ask for Abigail K. Rutherford

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