A number of exceptional glass items, including several car ornaments by the eccentric French glass artist Rene Lalique (1860-1945), are to auction in Paris on February 7.
Victoire - an extremely rare, 1928 frosted glass bonnet ornament - is estimated to be worth between €16,000-20,000 ($21,000-27,000), while it is thought Naiade, a mermaid shaped bonnet ornament, will bring between €7,000-8,000 ($9,300-11,000).
A circa 1929 car ornament entitled Vitesse, resembling a female nude, brought $14,500 at auction in 2007.
Combined estimates suggest that the car ornaments alone could bring in excess of $100,000.
Lalique glassware has performed very well at auction of late.
In September 2012, a Rene Lalique vase sold for £280,000 ($451,248), setting a new world record price for a piece of Rene Lalique glassware at auction. This recent sale suggests that the market for Lalique is strong. For more on the investment potential of rare art glass, visit Paul Fraser Collectibles' free guide to investing in art and photography.
The February 7 sale, which will take place under the inimitable cast iron arches of the Grand Palais, represents something of a landmark for Bonhams, as it will be its first decorative arts auction in Paris - the birthplace of the art nouveau and art deco movements more than a century ago.
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