What a frag! Part 1

You may have guessed that I am a fragrance fanatic! I love perfumes.  I never finish a bottle (especially when I don’t have it in my collection); I always like to keep a centimetre of juice just to be able to smell it over and over again without wearing it.

As I may have mentioned in my earlier articles I have around 131 different bottles at home from Miracle de Lancôme to the latest Million or Beauty by Calvin Klein.

Do u want to bid?

A few weeks ago, I received an invite for an auction sale at Neret-Minet (Auction specialist founded in Paris in 1691) hosted last Friday in Paris. Serge Albisetti (don’t ask me who he is, I just don’t know. He might be a collector of ancient fragrances and might need a lot of money as his fragrances are so expensive) is selling some bottles (empty by the way) from his collection with estimations starting from €50 to €15,000!!!

Can you imagine that!!! Oh la la!  My 130 bottles multiplied by (let’s say) €8000 equals MILLIONS!!! God!! That is the best investment ever!

But, I love my bottles too much for this sacrifice. “J’ai une idée” I’m gonna buy all my fragrances in pairs: one for my collection and one for my future auction sales in 50 years. I do think that it is a nice idea even if I might be too old to have much fun with the money.

Anyway, let’s have a look on what was sold at Neret-Minet Tessier last Friday.

This is the most expensive bottle estimated at €15,000!!! This white glass bottle has lizards’ ears (I wonder why?) and it was launched in 1912. It’s a fragrance from René Lalique. My dream would have been to smell the scent!

Another one from Rene Lalique named ‘trois guêpes’ in English ” Three wasps “ is valued between €7,000 and €10,000.

About frenchychic

Born and raised in Paris, I am a Marketing and Sales professional. And now, I am a blogger! I used to be Australian, German and French (Parisian) and now a Londoner lady since February 2010. I love everything about France: the food, the wine, the fragrances, the designers, the music and our attitude, energy & character. My blog is not all about cosmetics nor fashion, is about what is happening in the world in a French perspective: how do we think? What do we think? Why do we thing like this? And what do we French think about YOU strangers from all over the world! It was my passion for arts, culture, international events & news, fashion that drove me into creating La French Attitude and I love every minute of it and I hope you too! Enjoy! Sté xxx

Posted on April 14, 2011, in Elixirs & Fragrances and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Wow,In my opinion you have the wrong idea about the scent bottles in the Neret-tessier sale !
    I have been a major dealer in Rene Lalique for 25 years and can honestly say that the smell of stale perfume from a Lalique bottle is obnoxious !!
    I would suggest that you wear fresh perfume and take time to understand the art involved in making the bottles please.
    The Oreilles Lezards bottle you mention is so very rare.I have only had the privilage of owning two .
    Sincerely, Jan.

    • Dear Jan,

      Thank you very much for your comment.
      However, I didn’t get your point or understand the relevance of your comments.
      Because as it is mentioned in my post, I have never smelled this bottle from René Lalique and I would have loved to!
      The interest of this article wasn’t to speak about the art of making bottles but just mentioned that empty bottles can worth a lot of money.
      You are lucky to have not only 1 but 2 Lalique oreilles Lézards, but I would have appreciated your contribution more if you have brought some sound and solid facts or information about the name of the fragrance, the scent or whatever you wanted to. But sorry I do not get your point at all.

      Besides, my oldest bottle is 12 years old and the smell of it is still fantastic (of course not when you spray it! But when you smell delicately the top and when the bottle has been kept away from light and sun)

      Stéphanie – La French Attitude

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: