estimate Louis Vuitton old trunk

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.


It is common to confuse expertise, estimate, certificate of authenticity, revelations about an abuse of language.


An estimate is free and can be done by anyone.


It does not commit anything, many amateurs engage in this exercise producing estimates which therefore have no value.



On the other hand, an expertise is a paid service that 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.

certificate of authenticity louis vuitton trunk


The value of the certificate rests 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 a certificate of authenticity or worse to be wary of, it will not guarantee that the item is not a  Louis Vuitton Counterfeit.


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There is no fixed price , argus or price per m² as in real estate. And the price of an old trunk or second-hand item has no connection with  the price of new at Louis Vuitton.

cote argus price of a louis vuitton trunk


The price of second hand depends on many factors that we will try to enumerate. We regularly receive trunk or suitcase offers at an amount much higher than our sale price in the store from individuals misled by an ad 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 sale price with the sold price , because any seller is free to display the price he dreams of obtaining .


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.


old trunks only the Louis Vuitton, Goyard and Moynat brands have a collection value

Typical anonymous trunks:

Even if they can nevertheless be perfect for  decoration , they  have no collection 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.

Results auction sale old domed trunk 120 euros Drouot


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

estimate old chest 40 euros


Example of the sale on Friday, September 7, 2018 in Paris of an old anonymous arched trunk.

Estimated 40 - 60 euros. 

Result of the sale: 40 euros

old trunk estimate 300 euros


Example of the sale  on October 18, 2019 in Paris  of a Pigot trunk (anonymous), of good size resembling to be mistaken for a Louis Vuitton checkerboard 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:

Louis Vuitton trunk to restore

For this reason, the same Louis Vuitton trunk can be worth between 1,000 and 5,000 euros depending on its condition.


Only trunks in perfect condition are of value because 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.


Read also: How to maintain and clean your collector's trunk


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.

Louis Vuitton second-hand trunk discounts

Unfortunately in 95% of cases it is poorly conducted and requires a second intervention, causing a higher 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 , this is the case of a trunk whose canvas has been repainted.  To avoid haircuts check the following points  :


Dimensions of Louis Vuitton trunks. Old flower trunk

Except for a few special cases like the flower trunk , the rule is rather simple and logical:


The bigger the trunk, the more expensive it is.


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 (tinplate) on the other hand will lower the price of luggage.

Louis Vuitton old trunk finish series
Finish  Series Score out of 10
Explorer Metal 10/10
Leather and brass   9/10
Clear lozine 1 8/10
Dark lozine 2 7/10
Upper moorish 3 7/10
All leather Cow 6/10
Vuittonite Color Vuittonite 5/10
Moorish 4 5/10
Black Vuittonite 6 4/10
Lower 5 2/10





Raw finish concerns chests designed without canvas not to be confused with trunks which have been denatured by removing the original canvas to leave the wood visible, due to this modification the trunk loses all value .


Louis Vuitton mark canvas cover

As written in the previous paragraph, the nature  of the finishes  has a strong impact on the value of the luggage. The coating of the canvas has even more advantages.


The most rare and sought coatings are those trunks of explorer in aluminum , but it is very rare exceptional pieces.


Regarding the coated canvas the most popular are those emblazoned with the famous monogram Louis Vuitton and canvas checkered old.

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 .

Louis vuitton woven canvas Louis vuitton

Some are more popular than others but this parameter has a rather low impact on the selling price of the trunk. Many collectors like to have a trunk of each Mark in order to have a complete collection representative of the Louis Vuitton range:

It is all a matter of personal taste. The Chinese market demands trunks with a PVC canvas while the Western market loves canvas loaded with history and patinated with stencil.


Read also:  How to clean the coated canvas?


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
LV Monogram - Woven Most Wanted 1st
LV Monogram - Mark I 2nd
LV Monogram -  Mark IV 3rd
LV Monogram -  Mark II


Monogram LV - Mark VI 5th
LV monogram - Mark III 6th
LV Monogram - Mark V 7th
LV Monogram - PVC Least searched 8th
  • Other Canvas
Checkerboard - woven

Most Wanted 1st

Checkerboard - Dark Mark I stencil 2nd
Checkerboard - Dark Mark II stencil 3rd
Checkerboard - Tropical Mark I Stencil  4th
Checkerboard - tropical Mark II stencil  5th
Striped - brown and red 6th
Striped - brown and beige 7th
Rustic - brown 8th
Gray -  trianon 9th
  • Leather
Elephant Most Wanted 1st
Crocodile 2nd
Reptile 3rd
Ostrich 4th
Morocco 5th
Pork 6th
Cowhide 7th
  • Vuittonite - plain
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
  •  Explorer 

The rarest 1st

Copper 2nd
Brass 3rd
Zinc 4th


Rarity exhibition trunk louis vuitton

Value is a function of demand, which itself depends on scarcity. But a very rare trunk is not necessarily very expensive, as the collectibles and financial values can be decorrelated.


But there are as many special cases as there are trunks to study, for example:

  • Even a very rare black trunk will be less valuable than a standard trunk with a monogram canvas. 
  • The more drawers and interior fittings it has, the higher its price will be.
  • A luxury mail trunk with a  domed lid  will have no value.

Even signed models of domed trunks have a very low value because of their archaic design.

estimate old curved trunk


Example of the  April 28, 2017 sale in Paris  of a bulging 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.

Louis Vuitton trunk serial number book

The age of the trunk does not necessarily increase its value, it is even the opposite:

  • gray Trianon trunk   from 1870 will have an archaic construction and therefore less valuable than a trunk from 1920 more accomplished and respecting the standards and the image of the brand.
  • In contrast, a 1920 trunk is more valuable than a modern PVC canvastrunk   of today.


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