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THE BAMBOO BUNCH: Christie’s will be selling its biggest selection yet of vintage Gucci bags as part of an eclectic auction set to take place in South Kensington, London, on December 2. Some 30 handbags and pieces of jewelry will go under the hammer in the Fashion through the Ages sale, which will offer lots ranging from 17th century costumes and textiles to pieces by Versace.

The Gucci pieces have landed at Christie’s via a partnership between the auction house and the Italian brand that launched earlier this year, known as Gucci Collector: Presented by Christie’s. Christies.com allows Gucci owners to upload photos of vintage items and submit an appraisal request. A team of Christie’s experts and Gucci’s in-house archivists have a look at the items and provide auction estimates for the best ones. Owners then have the opportunity to sell to Gucci or at a Christie’s auction.

Pat Frost, head of costume and textiles at Christie’s, said the site has been getting submissions from all over the world — more than 600 from some 20 countries — and especially from the U.S. and Italy. Estimates for the bamboo handle or clasp bags range from 600 pounds, or $960, to 1,200 pounds, or $1,920.

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