After work, I passed by Augusta Auctions preview of tomorrow’s New York sale. Tomorrow at noon, 422 swoon-worthy lots will go on the block. Sometimes people ask me how I amass my personal collection. Once you really delve into a specialty, like American couture or a weak spot for Lanvin-Castillo, you begin to make all kinds of discoveries. Like a vintage store in Houston. Or a kindred spirit with an amazing blog. You start to develop all sorts of relationships when you share your interests with other people. Earlier this year, I took my fashion forecasting class to see the April sale preview offered by Augusta Auctions. I can assure you that if you are a serious fashion collector, this auction is a must attend.
Lot 282: Paco Rabanne Coat & Helmet, c. 1965-67. Image courtesy of Augusta Auctions.
Everyone should attend at least one auction in their life. Bidding on a coveted item is a unique experience. It’s a lot like gambling or playing the stock market. It’s a mix of adrenaline, sweat, fear, and lust. Questions flurry your mind and you only have seconds to make a decision: What if someone outbids you? How much is too much? What is the real or perceived value of the item? Is it a solid investment? Your mind is in overdrive and the auctioneer is crooning to get a higher price. You’re all of the sudden unsure what hurts more, your purse strings or your heartstrings.
Augusta Auctions always has really amazing pieces. Much of this is because they represent museums. Museums have limited storage space. They can only store so many objects safely. New acquisitions and donations mean that space dwindles. Curators can either re-organize the storage environment, or decide to edit the collection. (De-accessioning is when the museum decides to remove items from their collection and sell them on the market.)
Lot 376: 19th Century Matador Cape. Image courtesy of Augusta Auctions.
The de-accessioning process is what makes the auction so fun. There is such a rich variety of objects available for purchase. I was absolutely over the moon for this 19th Century matador cape. It was a faded light sage green satin with gold gilt raised embroidery. While signs of wear were apparent, it was such a beautiful piece.