Following the January 2010 launch of вЂњGucci Collector: Presented by ChristieвЂ™s,вЂќ the first nine months of the collectorвЂ™s service have unearthed more than 600 submissions from over 25 countries. The first Gucci-certified online destination for appraising vintage Gucci products receives regular uploads from Gucci collectors all over the world, which are then appraised by a team of experts from ChristieвЂ™s and from GucciвЂ™s own Archive Department. Over 30 of the most precious and unique items, including handbags and jewellery, will be featured in ChristieвЂ™s upcoming annual Fashion Through The Ages sale on December 2, 2010.
For nearly 90 years, the House of Gucci has continuously produced spectacular products that have been treasured and passed down through family generations or avidly hunted down by vintage connoisseurs. The impeccable quality and craftsmanship of GucciвЂ™s products has ensured their value as investment pieces, while the innovative designs have rendered these items timeless. вЂњGucci Collector: Presented by ChristieвЂ™sвЂќ has been designed specifically for those impassioned collectors who want to learn more about their vintage treasures, both in provenance and worth, and has become the ultimate resource for vintage and interested novices alike.
Gucci items ranging in value from ВЈ600 to ВЈ3,000 will be featured in ChristieвЂ™s Fashion Through The Ages sale, originally submitted through the free service offered on a dedicated section of the ChristieвЂ™s website accessible both via gucci.com and christies.com.
The customized section, which allows owners to upload photos of their vintage items and to submit an appraisal request, is the first single fashion house specialization to be featured on the auctioneerвЂ™s site. Within a 2 to 4 week period, вЂњGucci CollectorsвЂќ receive an auction estimate, prepared by ChristieвЂ™s Director of Fashion and Textiles, Patricia Frost and her team of costume specialists in collaboration with the Gucci Archive Department.
Collectors are also informed as to whether the product would be appropriate either for a potential ChristieвЂ™s vintage sale, or if it might be of interest to either Gucci or ChristieвЂ™s from an historical perspective. Participation in sales is purely optional for owners seeking appraisal, while prospective buyers can be assured that the products have received an official appraisal from one of the worldвЂ™s most respected auction houses.
In anticipation of the December 2 auction, GucciвЂ™s Archivist has selected her top picks of the most unusual and desirable items for a special preview currently available on Gucci.com. In addition, ChristieвЂ™s Director of Fashion and Textiles Pat Frost has also compiled her favorite items submitted through the appraisal service and selected for sale, available for viewing on Christies.com.
Since the launch, the vast majority of submissions have been treasured possessions that were inherited or passed down through family generations. Many items were once their ownerвЂ™s favorites, for example a rare beauty case from the late Seventies/early Eighties which traveled the world and yet remains in excellent condition, reflecting the HouseвЂ™s unparalleled craftsmanship.