Customised Louis Vuitton dresser: sold for Dh71,160 in Dubai

The eye-popping piece was part of the Elements of Style auction held in Dubai by Christie’s. Here’s what makes it so special.

The Louis Vuitton dresser features professional lighting and Bluetooth speakers. Courtesy Christie's Images Ltd
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• The stylish dresser features an eye-popping interior made from fuchsia-coloured Alcantara, a suede-like material, with Plexiglas compartments where you can store your jewellery and make-up.

• The piece was made by Louis Vuitton, and then customised by Bernardini Luxury Vintage circa 2000. Useful features include professional lighting and hidden Bluetooth speakers.

• The piece was expected to sell for between US$8,000 and $12,000 (up to Dh44,000), but was sold to an anonymous bidder for $19,375 (Dh71,160). It formed part of the first Elements of Style auction held in Dubai by Christie’s.

• The auction, which took place in mid-March, fetched a total of Dh5,896,177, and also included luxury watches, jewellery, pens and handbags.

• The top three lots included an 8.28-carat cushion-cut diamond Sabbadini ring, which sold for Dh716,451; a Louis Vuitton wardrobe trunk, also customised by Bernardini, which sold for Dh245,485; and a limited-edition Hermès Birkin bag that fetched Dh163,656.

• “It was the limited-edition pieces that attracted the most attention from Middle Eastern collectors, and the three Louis Vuitton lots, which have been expertly converted into a humidor, a dressing table and a sunglasses box, were hotly contested,” notes Matt Rubinger, international director, handbags and accessories, at Christie’s.

For more information, visit Christie's.

Read this and related stories in Luxury magazine's Watches & Jewellery issue, out with The National on Thursday, April 14.

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