We receive many emails from people wanting to know the value of their Louis vuitton, Goyard or Moynat trunk . This article is intended to help you do that. It is common to confuse expertise, estimate, certificate of authenticity, revelations on an abuse of language.
An estimate is free and can be done by anyone. It is not binding, a good number of amateurs engage in this exercise producing estimates which therefore have no value.
On the other hand, an expertise is a paid service which involves writing, it is not done on photos because the defects are too numerous.
The certificate of authenticity is not subject to any regulations . No law therefore gives it any value. Just like the estimate, anyone can deliver it. The value of the certificate is based above all on the credibility of its author (competence, good repute, notoriety, link he possibly has with the author, etc.). Only a Louis Vuitton certificate would be of value. Except Louis Vuitton does not produce any certificate for its bags, trunks, small leather goods ...
So if a seller offers you a certificate of authenticity or worse beware of it, they will not guarantee that the item is not a Louis Vuitton counterfeit.
There is no fixed price , we are not in a general public market where prices can be referenced as in real estate (estimate price m²) and used cars ( argus ). There is no established rating for old trunks. And finally the price of an old trunk or second-hand item has no connection with the price of new at Louis Vuitton. The price of second hand is a function of many factors that we will try to list.
We regularly receive offers of trunk or suitcase for an amount much higher than our selling price in store from individuals misled by an advertisement issued by a "joker" offering a trunk 10 times more expensive than the prices we charge It is therefore important not to confuse the displayed selling price with the sold price , because any seller is free to display the price he dreams of obtaining . Besides, the fair price of your trunk is what you imagine AND that a buyer is able to accept. Keep in mind that a good sale must satisfy both seller and buyer. If you are a seller and your price is fair, we can buy your trunk as is at the best prices.
Only the Louis Vuitton, Goyard, Hermès and Moynat brands have collection value. The absence of a marking on the trunk indicates that your property does not belong to one of these 4 brands.
Typical anonymous trunks:
While they may nonetheless be perfect for home decorating, they do not have any collector's value . Their price is very low and rarely exceeds 500 euros for the most beautiful models because of the low reputation of their manufacturer and their lower quality. These brands, which are strongly inspired by the design of luxury trunks, are of particular interest to those who dream of owning an old Louis Vuitton trunk without having the means to do so.
Example of the sale of June 13, 2015 to Saint Maur des faussés (94) of an anonymous trunk with a set of doll accessories.
Estimated 120 - 250 euros.
Result of the sale: 120 euros
Example of the sale of Friday September 7, 2018 in Paris of an old anonymous arched trunk.
Estimated 40 - 60 euros.
Result of the sale: 40 euros
Example of the sale of October 18, 2019 in Paris of a Pigot trunk (anonymous), of good size resembling a Louis Vuitton checkered collection trunk.
Estimated 300 - 500 euros.
Result of the sale: 300 euros
This is one of the key factors, the more the restoration work necessary to find the original state , the lower the price will be:
For this reason, the same Louis Vuitton trunk can be worth between € 1,000 and € 5,000 depending on its condition. Only trunks in perfect condition have valuebecause a restoration costs from 3,500 euros for a simple cleaning to more than 15,000 euros for a major restoration as in the case of this partially destroyed wardrobe trunk restored in our malle2luxe workshops.
When it is perfectly executed, respecting the expertise of the trunk maker and the original condition of the luggage, a restoration is a real added value for a trunk. Unfortunately in 95% of cases this is poorly conducted and requires a second intervention, causing a greater workload and therefore an additional cost for an aesthetic result which will remain lower than that of a first restoration carried out according to the rules of the 'art. In some cases the trunk loses all value , such as a trunk whose canvas has been repainted. To avoid discounts check the following points :
Apart from a few special cases such as the flower trunk , the rule is rather simple and logical: The larger the trunk the more expensive it is. A mail trunk therefore costs less than a wardrobe trunk but more than a cabin trunk.
The finish, also called series, represents the different versions of Louis Vuitton trunks , in other words the choice of materials that dress the trunk. The more brass there is, the more luxurious and therefore expensive it will be. Steel (tin) on the other hand will lower the price of luggage.
As written in the previous paragraph, the nature of the finishes has a strong impact on the value of the luggage. The covering of the canvas has even more advantages. The rarest and most sought after coverings are those of aluminum explorer trunks , but these are very rare exceptional pieces. Regarding the coated canvas the most popular are those emblazoned with the famous monogram Louis Vuitton and canvas ancient checkerboard. The production processes of the fabrics and the modes having evolved over the centuries the specialists are able from characteristics such as the typography or the materials employed to estimate the year of production. Each visible evolution makes it possible to identify editions that we qualify as Mark .
Some are more sought after than others but this parameter has a rather low impact on the selling price of the trunk. Many collectors like to own a trunk of each Mark in order to have a complete collection representative of the Louis Vuitton range:
Everything is a matter of personal taste. The Chinese market demands trunks with PVC canvas while the
Western market is crazy about canvas steeped in history and patinated with a stencil.
The trend we are currently seeing is as follows:
In the attached table we compare canvases that are in perfect condition
|Coating||Ranking - searched|
|LV Monogram - Woven||Most Wanted 1st|
|LV Monogram - Mark I||2nd|
|LV Monogram - Mark IV||3rd|
|LV Monogram - Mark II||
|LV Monogram - Mark VI||5th|
|LV Monogram - Mark III||6th|
|LV Monogram - Mark V||7th|
|LV Monogram - PVC||The least wanted 8th|
Checkerboard - Woven
Most Wanted 1st
|Checkerboard - Dark stencil Mark I||
|Checkerboard - Dark stencil Mark II||3rd|
|Checkerboard - Tropical Mark I||4th|
|Checkerboard - Dark stencil Mark II||5th|
|Striped - Brown and red||6th|
|Striped - Brown and beige||7th|
|Rustic - Brown||8th|
|Gray - Trianon||9th|
|Elephant||Most Wanted 1st|
|Vuitonite (uni) - Red||Most Wanted 1st|
|Vuittonite (uni) - Bordeaux / Green / Beige||2nd|
|Vuittonite (uni) - Yellow||3rd|
|Vuittonite (uni) - Orange||4th|
|Vuittonite (uni) - Brown||5th|
|Vuittonite (uni) - Black||The least rare 6th|
The rarest 1st
Value is a function of demand, which itself depends on scarcity. But a very rare trunk is not necessarily very expensive, as the collection and financial values can be decorrelated. But there are as many special cases as there are trunks to study, for example:
Even signed models of domed trunks have a very low value because of their archaic design.
Example of the sale of April 28, 2017 in Paris of a convex Moynat trunk. Estimated 300 - 500 euros.
Result of the sale: 300 euros
The date of manufacture has only a very small impact on the value of a Louis Vuitton trunk. The age of the trunk does not necessarily increase its value, it is even the opposite:
Expert advice in Louis Vuitton trunks. Our clients benefit from an exclusive consulting service FREE of charge. Our customers have the possibility to send us photos of the trunks they wish to acquire (seen at colleagues, in the auction room, etc.) in order to benefit from a responsive consulting service to allow them to build a prestigious collection of quality. We are in the best position to offer you collector's trunks at the best price and quality.
We are the best placed to buy your Louis Vuitton , Goyard, Moynat, United States trunks , whatever the state.
The conservation of works of art is a conversation that we have several times a week with novices or amateurs on the importance of restoring a trunk or not. Here are some ways to become fully aware of a subject rarely discussed. This article will help you see more clearly.
You have recovered a trunk in an attic, you have bought an old trunk that you are exhibiting in your living room. But you don't know how to use and maintain it without damaging it.
Expertise : French page