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Christie’s has launched a new online-only auction entitled Gentlemen’s Luxury Accessories, Barware, Sports, Travel and Leisure, featuring works by prestigious international makers such as Tiffany, Hermès, Cartier, Asprey, Bulgari, Dunhill, Fortnum & Mason amongst others.

This unique collection of refined and playful vintage luxury items for men of all ages, includes cocktail shakers, jiggers, hip flasks and ice buckets, humidors and cigarette cases, gaming boxes, clocks, car mascots and aviation models. The selection of elegant home décor is highlighted by an art deco cigar box by Asprey & co, London, 1927 (estimate: £8,000-12,000); a large and unusual `bi-plane’ desk companion by F. Reichenberg, 1920s (estimate: £8,000-12,000); and a zeppelin airship travelling cocktail shaker set, by J.A. Henckels (estimate: £6,000-8,000). With over 64 lots ranging from £250 to £25,000, the entre sale is expected to realise in the region of £190,000.

The online auction will provide collectors at all levels with the opportunity to acquire stunning items to decorate their study, including: a `President’ briefcase in the classic `Monogramme’ canvas, by Louis Vuitton (estimate: £2,000-3,000); a rotating cube desk compendium, Dunhill & co, 1950s; a `Spitfire’ cigarette case, Birmingham, 1945 (estimate: £2,500-3,500; a leaping horse car mascot, by Casimir Brau, retailed by Hermes, circa 1925 (estimate: £4,000-6,000).

The sale will also offer a mix of unusual barware, with some visually striking cocktail shakers such as a dumbbell cocktail shaker, circa 1935 (estimate: £1,500-2,000); a lady’s leg cocktail shaker, circa 1935, from the West Virginian Specialty Glass Company, (estimate: £2,500-3,500); an Art Deco cocktail shaker, probably Czechoslovakian circa 1930, (estimate:£1,000-1,500), and a silver coloured cocktail set, comprising a shaker, six cups and a circular tray, each piece engraved with a plain circular cartouche intended to be engraved for initials, possibly Chinese, circa 1935 (estimate: £2,500-3,500). The online-only auction runs through July 29th.

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