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Magnificent private collection of Judith Leiber handbags and accessories on the auction block in December
A multi-colored crystal Ganesh minaudiere, Leiber Limited Edition interior with a mirror; signed Leiber Limited Edition; accompanied with 2 signed pouches and 1 signed box; purse measuring approximately: 6 1/4 x 5 x 3 1/2in. Est. $1,500-2,500.
LOS ANGELES, CA.- Bonhams announces the December 12, 2011 auction of The Robert Maier Collection of Judith Leiber® handbags and accessories. The magnificent offering boasts more than 250 examples in the shapes of dogs, cats, bears, sea life, floral, vegetables, eggs and fairy tale-inspired items. Highlights include the highly sought after 3-dimensional and traditional handbags, as well as a strong selection of pill boxes, lipstick cases, compacts, notebooks, business card cases and candy holders, with many of the items to be offered without reserve.

More than an auction, this is a love story. The ever-doting husband, Bob Maier shares a tale of going above and beyond for the love of his life, his wife.

“It started innocently enough,” he began, “as many stories do, with the single purchase of a single item, produced by someone I had never heard of at the time: Judith Leiber®. My wife was completely taken with Leiber’s little "pillboxes," so we thought we'd start a collection. Something a husband can always make his wife happy with at Christmas or Valentine's Day? I'm all in!

The thing was, for many years, we had a hard time making ends meet. Through it all, my wife never complained. She just isn't like that - so when she said she wanted one of those pillboxes, I knew it was something special for her. I used this chance to make her happy.

Now I had a mission. I started educating myself about Judith Leiber® and all her amazing bags. I had always wanted to somehow say ‘Thanks’ for putting up with me for 20-odd years.” Maier said the gifts were very well received.

“We'd sometimes spend as much as a couple of hours each evening sharing information about Leiber’s designs and admiring the handbags. I graduated from pillboxes to full purses quickly. 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.

As my wife and I enter retirement, we now pass along this these items to the other collectors out there that love these shiny little bags. Don't worry; 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!"

Robert and his wife are retired and reside in South Dakota. Together they work with many charitable organizations, take care of their four dogs, four cats and five horses, and, of course, revel in their love for each other.

Highlights from The Robert Maier Collection of Judith Leiber® handbags and accessories include a black and silver bird cage handbag with matching pillbox (est. $2,500-3,500); a gold scarab motif handbag (est. $2,000-3,000); a ‘penguin’ handbag with matching pillbox (est. $2,000-3,000); a brown ‘cello’ handbag (est. $1,500-2,500); a gold starfish handbag (est. $2,000-3,000); a ‘Mandarin tiger’ handbag (est. $1,500-2,500); an orange-red tomato handbag (est. $1,000-1,500); a group of pillboxes in the shapes of a ‘camel’, a ‘koala’, a ‘porcupine’ and a teddy bear ($400-600) and a selection of ‘dalmatian’, ‘poodle’ and ‘Fu Dog’ handbag (estimates range from $1,500-3,000) as well as a strong selection of cats, bears, sea life, floral, vegetable, egg-shaped, fairy tale-inspired and traditional handbags (estimates vary). Many of the handbags, pill boxes and compacts on offer include the original pouch and outer box.

Select highlights from The Robert Maier Collection of Judith Leiber® handbags and accessories will preview in conjunction with the firm’s most prestigious jewelry auctions and events in San Francisco (September 30-October 2), New York (October 15-18) and Hong Kong (November 25-28). The full preview will be held in Los Angeles (December 9-11) with the auction to follow preceding the Entertainment Memorabilia sale (December 12).

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