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Do you own any Louis Vuitton trunks? Are you curious to know what they are worth? Our Experts can provide a free appraisal to give you an estimate of the market price, then help you to ensure the best possible price should you decide to sell.

Vuitton, a creator of his time

Louis Vuitton was born in 1821 in the Jura department of France, and came from a modest background. It was with his father, a miller and carpenter by trade, that the young boy learned to handle tools at a very early age.

In 1837, the then sixteen-year-old set out to Paris, a 400km journey on foot.

He started out with an apprenticeship with a box and trunk maker. This experience allowed the future great name of the French scene to observe and refine his own conception of luggage, an accessory whose promising future he quickly grasped.

The Louis Vuitton brand was created in 1854 and the first trunk maker’s boutique was opened near Place Vendôme in Paris.

The trunk: an accessory of revival

As a keen observer of the changes and developments of his time, Louis Vuitton embarked on a fruitful venture designed to imagine and manufacture luggage models with an innovative, practical and modular design, while maintaining quality production geared towards luxury.

Vuitton then designed and created rectangular trunks that were big enough to hold travellers’ belongings such as clothes and personal objects.

His first trunks, for example, delighted explorers on vast maritime expeditions in the middle of the 19th century.

The famous monogram LV woven linen has been laid out on trunks and other sets of luggage, bags, shoulder bags and small leather goods since 1896. It was developed by Louis Vuitton’s son, Georges, in the years prior to the turn of the century. This approach tends to distinguish the original Vuitton trunks from its many emerging competitors.

The death of the founder in 1892 did not compromise the trunk-maker’s bright future. Georges Vuitton followed in his father’s footsteps, giving the brand the international reputation and prestige it still enjoys today, with the support of Bernard Arnault, the brand’s majority shareholder since the 1990s.

Endless success

The original Vuitton trunk models are sold at varying prices and depend on their condition, distribution from the outset, and dimensions.

In 2012 a Stokowski secretary trunk, which had been ordered by conductor Stokowski and especially designed for his personal needs, sold for nearly 24,000€.

In 2019, a trunk made of the Monogram canvas dating from 1920 sold at auction for 9,000€ (price includes sales costs).

How do we appraise your Louis Vuitton trunks?

Requesting an online valuation of your luxury bag is simple and entirely free of charge. You just need to complete our appraisal form with a brief description and some photos. This information will be sent directly to one of our Louis Vuitton experts who will provide you with a price range and sales advice.

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A team of experts and auctioneers

If you own a Louis Vuitton trunk, use our online form for a free appraisal.

You will then be contacted by a member of our team of experts and auctioneers to give you an independent opinion of the market price. Should you wish to sell your trunk, our specialists will also advise you on the various options available for selling at the best price.

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