Louis Vuitton salesman’s sample trunk, $7500 (£5900) at Thomaston Place Auction Galleries.

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Only a handful of these diminutive luggage pieces are known, made at the time either as salesman samples or as playthings for the children of wealthy LV customers.

Following every detail of the full-size version, this suitcase measuring 11in (27cm) across was in good condition, save the interior that had been relined in a marbled paper. Beneath it may be a label for Louis Vuitton’s offices at 149 New Bond Street and the Paris Champs Elysees.

It sold well above the estimate of $800-1000, topping the first day of the February 23-25 Winter Enchantment auction in Maine.