Here at LouisVuittonTrunks.com you will find we offer the finest in antique/vintage Louis Vuitton and Goyard trunks at great prices. We buy and sell.(We do not sell new ones, for that please visit your nearest LV or Goyard store). We're big on common sense here and realize there are only two questions to a great buy. Is it what you want and is the price right? It's that simple. Just because you have money, doesn't mean you can't spend it wisely. You also get our 15+ years of experience in selling luxury trunks to answer any questions you may have. We don't play stupid, and if we can't answer your question, we probably know someone who can. Note, unlike most other sites, our prices are clearly posted in the description of all items we have for sale(If the price is removed, the item has sold). This is how we do business. We figure if the price is right, you won't need to waste your time asking for some crazy number to negotiate. Compare our prices with other sites and you will find our prices 40-50% of most other sites.
We Buy: We are always purchasing LV & Goyard trunks. If you have one of the rare shoebox wardrobes or lingerie chest(like on our items for sale page), check with us before you sell as we pay big bucks for these in good condition. We work on a small percentage. Just leave us something left in them and we should be able to buy them from you. We also buy old oil paintings advertising Louis Vuitton trunks.
We buy our trunks outright. We do not charge a selling commission or buyers premium. You get the full amount not 40-50% of the total sale. If for some reason you want to give it to an auction house, knock yourself out if you feel you owe them something but make sure you know what you sign up for. Please", as we actually work around here and like you, like to get paid, if you are selling your trunk, please have a ballpark price in mind. We have limited staff an lack the time for free appraisals. Appraisals cost are listed below. Thanks for your understanding in this matter.
Why Buy and Sell with us? We don't use magic words like "Amazing" in our descriptions, as we have never seen a trunk produce gold or jump up and dance, (that would be Amazing). No historical lessons on the Louis Vuitton Company(they make books for that) just an honest assessment of the best trunks you can buy. What we describe is what you get. None of those little hidden surprizes so common with sellers who never worry about seeing you again. We have sold these luxury trunks since 1996 and look forward to serving you. To view price and description of trunks we have for sale, click on the item name above.
Most trunks we sell are high-end models. There are 4 main factors that determine the price of LV and Goyard trunks. The condition, trim, rarity and completeness. Get one with all 4 and you have a great piece.
Condition(otherwise known as condition,condition,condition)adds or deducts greatly from a trunks value. While antique and vintage trunks are not expected to look new, they are expected to look right. In discussions with our customers, we have found there are some things that are generally exceptable and some that are not.
Generally accepted issues are bumps,bruises,mild scratches,light stains,minor wear to canvas or leather(no holes),replaced leather handle holders or handles(these must be dimensionally correct to the piece)and replaced tacks(factory marked).
On the no-no list would be rips,tears,major eyesores,missing canvas or major pattern wear(that's a big one),bad stains, replaced hardware or canvas(that was not produced by the maker)and missing leather trim. If we offer a trunk with any of these issues, it will always be stated clearly in the description. Beware of old stickers, they did not come on the trunks and do not add to the value(unless it belonged to JFK, etc.), but actually devalue it, contrary to the beliefs of many unknowledgible dealers and sellers. They are also sometimes used to cover missing canvas and other eyesores. You don't want to be one of those who gets that little surprise. A good rule of thumb with any Louis Vuitton or Goyard Trunk is, if it didn't come on the trunk, it shouldn't be there.
We always use pictures of all 6 sides along with the interior and a complete description, so you know just what you're getting.
Trim: There are several different trim lines that vary the price in LV and Goyard trunks. The top of the line models have leather edging and all brass hardware(including corner and slat caps)w/brass or leather handles(brass holds up better). The lower end models have metal edging and black trim w/metal handles. Some have leather trim but black end caps. They are in the midrange. The high end models will polish up better for a richer look.
Rarity: Certain models of LV and Goyard trunks were rarely made. There were also a number of custom models. Many of these have usual interiors or extras and are most desirable to the collector(however, remember condition. A rare trunk in bad shape usually doesn't fair well). Don't get excited over a very early trunk either. While LV and Goyard have both been in business since the 1850'S, the early black as well as the tan canvas don't sell well and aren't worth much. LV's are most desired only in Striped (1870-1888)Damier(1888-1896) and the LV(1895-present)canvas. The calves leather is also very,if not most, desired(but only in good condition). These were special orders. The trunk dimensions can also greatly influence the price. Taller and streamline trunks sell better the shorter ones. The most common trunk(the "footlocker")is less than 14"tall and too short for a table. The same trunk 18+"tall, could nearly double in price.
Completeness: All but a few trunks came with interior parts(trays,baskets,drawers,screens,shoe & hatboxes, even desk). The general rule is, the more the better. Many were lost and seperated over the years. If a trunk has all it's interior parts, it can increase 20-40% (even more depending on what's inside).
What We Have For Sale:The trunks pictured near the top of this page have all sold as we are actually are here to sell them, however, they are there for your enjoyment and to help you see the different models that come available. On average, we get two to three per month. The trunks we have available for sell at present are listed after Items For Sale at the top of this page(Just click of the name of the trunk). If you are looking for a particular size or model, let us know and we contact you when one become available.
Shipping: Most trunks shipped in the US lower 48 run about $150-195. We have great rates for overseas as well. Here are some examples for a piece 40x22x21 at 70lbs. UK$325,France$350,HongKong$375,Switzerland$440,Australia$450,Germany$400,Italy$400(prices vary slightly depending on zipcode,month,and rate increases). US arrrives within one week of shipping. Overseas 7-10 days with no customs delays. (Note:Shipping prices have increased about 10% in the past few months due to increasing fuel prices)
We Do Appraisals. Our appraisals are based on similar items sold over the past 2 years. Unlike nearly all appraisal companies, our appraisals come with a complete description, circa dating, and an offer of 65% of the appraised value, so you know you are getting a true appraisal(not just verbal chatter). Our appraisals are $100(refundable if you decide to sell us your trunk)and will hold up for your insurance company. Before getting an appraisal, ask yourself this question. If your appraiser isn't willing to offer at least half of the appraised value, what are they doing appraising you trunk? You guessed it. They are taking your money.
Payment:We accept echeck,paypal and bank transfer.
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