SOLD: Antique trunks bring varied prices at auction

When antique trunks sell at auction, when the hammer falls they can fetch anywhere from $10 to thousands of dollars. Maker, condition, age and bidders are all factors.

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This article originally appeared in Antique Trader magazine

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Kaminski Auctions of Beverly, Mass., sold this E. Goyard steamer trunk for $850 during the firm’s June 16, 2012, sale. The trunk measures 26 inches high by 39 1/4 inches wide and retains its original “E. Goyard Ainé” label.

E. Goyard steamer trunk label.

This pair of refinished circa 1900 wood-strapped trunks sold for $300 at Austin Auction Gallery, Austin, Texas, Feb. 19, 2012. The hump back trunk (left) has metal handles and measures 23 inches high by 27 1/4 inches wide by 17 1/4 inches deep. The flat-top trunk (right) is by Wilkins Trunk Mfg., Dallas. It has a fitted interior and leather side carrying handles and measures 13 inches high by 30 1/4 inches wide by 17 inches deep.

Qualifying as “one that got away,” this antique camel back truck with embossed tin details in excellent condition earned only $20 at Cedarburg Auction & Estate Sales’ Jan 29, 2012, auction in Thiensville, Wis.

The inside view of “one that got away,” this antique camel back truck that earned only $20 at Cedarburg Auction & Estate Sales’ Jan 29, 2012, auction in Thiensville, Wis.

This Victorian dome top steamer trunk with repousse metal latches and panels sold for $200 Empire Estates & Auctions in Scottsdale, Ariz. Feb. 26, 2012. The trunk, appearing to have all its original hardware, measures 29 1/2 inches by 17 inches by 21 inches.

Peachtree & Bennett of Atlanta, Ga., sold this unique painted trunk for $125 during its July 14, 2012, auction. The trunk, in excellent condition, measures 22 1/4 inches by 40 1/4 inches.

Fusco Auctions of Willoughby, Ohio, sold this Malles Goyard of Paris steamer trunk for $1,250 during its April 27, 2012, sale. Measuring 22 inches by 24 inches by 17 inches, the trunk, which is in excellent overall condition inside and out, has old decals on external surfaces.

Morton Auctioneers & Appraisers of Houston, Texas, sold this antique leather-detailed trunk for $150 Jan. 5, 2012. It measures 16 inches by 33 inches by 15 1/2 inches.


Copake Auction of Copake, N.Y., passed along this unique, early painted theater trunk for $225 at its Feb. 4, 2012, sale. Measuring 24 inches wide by 22 inches deep by 41 inches tall, the multi-colored, multi-patterned trunk has five interior drawers complete with pulls.

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