Vintage Judith Leiber Handbag Auction at Bonhams

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Like all great collections, it started with just one piece.

In this case, it was a pillbox.

But not just any pillbox. A Judith Leiber pillbox.

Bob Maier purchased it for his wife because she was “completely taken” by Judith Leiber pillboxes. And then, because it pleased her, he discovered a mission. He educated himself about Judith Leiber and her bags and continued to surprise his wife with outstanding Judith Leiber pieces on Christmas, Valentine’s Day and other occasions.

“I graduated from pillboxes to full purses quickly,” Maier says. “Each time, I got to see my wife’s face light up as a new bag she’d never seen would appear from its wrapping.”

Before long they had amassed quite a little collection!

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Now this South Dakota couple is approaching retirement and they’re offering over 250 pieces from their collection at Bonham’s Entertainment Memorabilia sale on December 12.

“Don’t worry,” says Maier. “My wife is keeping a selection of her favorites, but the rest of her amazing collection we offer to you. Give them a good home, show them off, and most of all, have fun!”

I’ve shared my favorite pieces from the Maier collection with you here. Now it’s time for you to hop on over and discover your own favorite. You can view all  the lots available here.

For more information about this auction, including information on how you can bid, visit

Image Credit: Courtesy of Bonhams. Used with permission.

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