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Men’s Vintage Roars To Life: The Zoot Suit That Cost As Much As A BMW – Forbes

November 26, 2011 Leave a comment

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This month in New York a zoot suit sold for $78,000.

It was a world-record performance made all the more surprising by the disparity between the value printed for it in the auction catalog: $600-$900.

“I like to always be on the conservative side with my estimates,” says Karen Augusta, who owns the highly-regarded Augusta Auctions vintage clothing company that sold the suit. “In my heart I thought it could sell for as much as $5,000, maybe more. And then when I was deluged with phone calls from pretty major museums in the country, I thought well, hmm, this is going to sell for way more than I expected.”

Indeed. The cream-colored woolen outfit is the only zoot suit known to have been sold at auction in the United States. One buyer from a large museum said she had been waiting 40 years to find something like it.

via Men’s Vintage Roars To Life: The Zoot Suit That Cost As Much As A BMW – Forbes.

Strange Random Clothes Quote:

It is an interesting question how far men would retain their relative rank if they were divested of their clothes. – Henry David Thoreau

 

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