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Rene Lalique Mascots: Bonhams Results For R Lalique Car Mascots Are Outstanding

Rene Lalique Mascot HirondelleRene Lalique Car Mascots sold extremely well at the Bonhams Sale on August 14th at Quail Lodge, that was scheduled to coincide with activities surrounding the great Concours d’Elegance taking place this weekend at Pebble Beach. We previously did a detailed pre-sale report on this Rene Lalique Car Mascot Sale.

Top seller was the amethyst tinted Rene Lalique Mascot Cinq Chevaux, the great five horses mascot that Lalique designed and made for Citroën, with a price including the 22% buyer’s premium of $33,550. Introduced August 1925, this was either the first René Lalique Mascot or one of the first three. It was commissioned by André Citroën, the famous French car manufacturer, especially for the Citroën 5CV model which in a strange and amazing coincidence had 5Chevaux Vapeur”, that is to say, 5 French Horsepower (though chevaux vapeur actually translates into “steam horses”)! Interestingly, one French Horsepower (CV) is equal to more than one British Horsepower (BHP) but we will leave this fact to the respective countrymen involved to discern or not, any special meaning. Note that Bonhams also was adding 7.2% (in the catalogue they say 7.2% of the “import value”) to the final price. Assuming this would be computed on the all-in sale price, in this case there is in extra couple thousand dollars added to the buyer’s cost, edging the actual price close to $36,000!

Rene Lalique Mascot ChrysisNext high seller was the good looking Opalescent Rene Lalique Mascot Vitesse, with an all-in price of $31,720. This price, including the added 7.2% import surcharge was near five thousand dollars ahead of the price achieved last week and reported on in these pages for another Rene Lalique Mascot Vitesse in opalescent glass that appeared at auction.

The Rene Lalique Mascot Chrysis in frosted glass was the next in the price line, making $7,930 all-in, followed by the St. Christopher at $4,575 (a big price for this mascot) and the Hirondelle at $3,660.

Failing to sell were the Rene Lalique Mascots Tete de Belier, and Tete d’Aigle.

Rene Lalique Mascot St. ChristopherStrong prices for some fabulous Rene Lalique hood ornaments and yet another indication of the strength of the market for the works of the great Rene Lalique.

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