The worlds of fine art and high fashion make sense together. Not only do their clienteles overlap, but appreciation of both requires a keen eye and appreciation for the history of aesthetics. Since 1982, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers has been helping art aficionados around the country expand their collections, and on September 13th and 14th, the auction house wants to help you do the exact same thing with your wardrobe.

The Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ Luxury Accessories and Couture Auction will begin at 10am CT September 13, both in Hindman’s Chicago showroom and online and will include over 1,300 items of couture and luxury accessories. The house’s experience sourcing and selling rare fashion extends to notable estates like those of Leona Helmsley and Betsy Pickering Kaiser, as well as Adele Bergreen’s array of Valentino Couture, which was the largest selection of its kind ever to be sold at auction. Hindman has decades of experience sourcing and curating selections of the best designer pieces, and that definitely extends to the world’s most high-end handbags.

The September 13th and 14th auction will have a particular focus on bags, accessories and silks from Hermès and Chanel, including a stunning Himalayan Crocodile Birkin, as well as vintage Versace couture and Chanel costume jewelry. At Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, authenticity is a primary concern; all of the items selected for auction are sent for outside authentication unless consigned with the original sales paperwork.

Below, we’ve included a handful of our favorite pieces from the auction, and you can browse the full catalogue via Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, as well as a brochure on the sale. You can place your bids on September 13th and 14th in person at the house’s Chicago showroom or online at its website. Click here for more information on how to register and bid with Leslie Hindman Auctioneers.

For more information or condition reports on particular pieces, please contact Anne Forman, Director of Luxury Accessories and Couture, at (312)334-4222 or Also, if you’re in Chicago and would like to see pieces from the auction in person, Hindman will be hosting a public preview at its showroom at the following dates and times:

Friday, September 9 | 10am – 5pm
Saturday, September 10 | 10am – 3pm
Sunday, September 11 | 12pm – 4pm
Monday, September 12 | 10am – 5pm

Hermès Kelly Ghillies Bag in Noir and Bleu Indigio Swift and Taurillon Clemence, 32cm
Available via Leslie Hindman Auctions


Hermès Birkin Bag in Raisin Togo Leather, 35cm
Available via Leslie Hindman Auctions


Hermès Birkin Bag in Himalayan Niloticus Crocodile, 35cm
Available via Leslie Hindman Auctions


Hermès Faco Clutch in Navy Niloticus Crocodile
Available via Leslie Hindman Auctions


Hermès Birkin Bag in Vert Veronese Niloticus Crocodile, 30cm
Available via Leslie Hindman Auctions



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