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.
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.
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.
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.
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 on 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 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:
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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 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 - 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|
|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|
|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 collectibles 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 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.
The age of the trunk does not necessarily increase its value, it is even the opposite:
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