Back to the golden age of travel

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Photo Courtesy of Leonie Pitts/Christie's

In late January, the legendary auction house showcases relics and artifacts from the turn of the 20th century through to the ‘50s. Everything from LV luggage to vintage ski posters might be on offer, 160 lots of wanderlust-inducing objects in all.

Items like the aforementioned promotional illustrations emerged in the era of the exclusive ski resort, circa early 1900s. Fine artists and designers were commissioned to glamourise the sport through chic adverts meant to lure travellers to the A-list destinations, from Gstaad to St. Moritz, Davos to Chamonix. The posters are still in vogue today, and have garnered a niche base of collectors. Prices will range from £800 to £15,000.

Although, the graphic works are a centrepiece of the sale, fashionable and classic luggage by Vuitton may be sure to be a draw as well. Always in style and a favourite of globetrotters decade after decade, the pieces may have received a particular popularity boost in recent years.

The monogrammed travel accessories have been spotted in glossy interiors magazines as decor accents. In addition, a beautiful book by Rizzoli, Louis Vuitton: 100 Legendary Trunks (2010) visually plots the history of the brand’s historical signature item.

Prices at auction for these and other LV suitcases may range from £1000 to £7000. Once acquired such travellers’ toys, it may be time to explore the big, wide world, the sky’s the limit.

23 January 2012
Christie’s — South Kensington
85 Old Brompton Road
London, SW7 3LD
020 7930 6074

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