Auctions Mesh Handbag Collection featured in New York Times

NEW YORK – New York Times antiques columnist Eve Kahn today featured Auctions’ metal mesh handbag sale. The auction, which closes Wednesday, includes the Dennis & Terri LaMothe collection of Whiting and Davis metal mesh handbags, jewelry and vintage fashion.

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“There were no duplicates,” Mrs. LaMothe said. “I would play with them.
I was like a kid. I would change the colors of the ones we had up to
suit the seasons.”

The couple had hoped to donate the handbags to a museum, she said, but
could not find one that would promise not to sell them. Owning them is
not always easy; the metalwork can chip or corrode. “You can’t wrap
them in plastic — it retains moisture,” Mrs. LaMothe said. “Don’t
display them in a bathroom, that’s a real no-no, or leave them in a
drawer exposed to powder or perfume.”

The auction’s costliest handbag, as of press time on Thursday, depicted Clark Gable (seen above) and was going for $750.”

The LaMothes are tickled their collection is strong enough to be mentioned among those offered by Sotheby’s New York and Bonhams in New York. The two spent nearly 30 years developing a collection and body of research that represents the largest metal mesh collection ever to come to market: some 1,500 items – with no duplicates.

Kahn’s column is online as well as in Friday’s edition of The New York Times.

-posted by Eric Bradley

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