Judith Leiber occupies an incredibly unique spot in American fashion. For decades, the brand has created meticulously jeweled evening bags in both traditional and whimsical forms, and they’ve been carried to some of the most important formal events in American culture, from the Academy Awards to presidential inaugurations. At The Art of Judith Leiber Luxury Auction, a Heritage Auctions special presentation, you have the chance to add exactly those bags to your personal wardrobe.

The scope of the event covers 500 pieces, some of which are museum-quality and available to the public for the first time. Most notably, the auction includes two bags that were designed specifically for American first ladies: a white satin and crystal clutch presented to Nancy Reagan for her husband’s inauguration, as well as a black-and-white crystal cat minaudiere designed to resemble Hillary and Bill Clinton’s cat, Socks. The Socks minaudiere was also presented to Clinton for her husband’s inauguration.

The collection premiers October 9 at Heritage’s headquarters in Dallas, Texas, but all of the lots are available to bid on now at the Heritage website, in addition to those for the Autumn Luxury Accessories Signature Auction, which will take place on September 29. Check out several of our favorite Leiber pieces from the selection below.

Judith Leiber Crystal and Fringe Train Case Minaudiere
Available via Heritage Auctions

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Judith Leiber Crystal Evening Bag by David Salle
Available via Heritage Auctions

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Judith Leiber Crystal Floral Pig Minaudiere
Available via Heritage Auctions

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Judith Leiber Crystal Miser’s Bag Minaudiere
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Judith Leiber Crystal Rose Minaudiere
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Judith Leiber Crystal Socks Sleeping Tuxedo Cat Minaudiere, made for Hillary Clinton
Available via Heritage Auctions

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Judith Leiber Half-Crystal Chatelaine Minaudiere
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Judith Leiber Satin and Crystal Evening Bag, made for Nancy Reagan
Available via Heritage Auctions

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Judith Leiber Set of Two Bronze Handbag Door Handles
Available via Heritage Auctions

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Judith Leiber Stingray and Crystal Jewelry Box Minaudiere by Andrew Gn
Available via Heritage Auctions

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Judith Leiber Sundial Seashell Minaudiere
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  • psny15

    JL was such a visionary, now that her brand is sold – they make some cookie cutter crap

    • Sparky

      Really? That’s tragic.
      I’ve always been in awe of them but never able to buy one.

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