At a time of strong demand for all Louis Vuitton luggage – much of it for conversion into glass-topped coffee tables – the move was understandable.
This one was a fine example: both large, at 3ft 4in (1.02m) wide, and stamped with the name and motifs of Louis Vuitton to the brass-bound corners, rivets, leather straps and interior.
In good honest condition, showing expected signs of use over the years when it had been in the same family, it was original down to the four cast-iron castors.
Come sale day on June 20 at the Bourton-on-the-Water rooms, online bidders gave way at around the £3000 mark to bidders on the seven booked phone lines, one of whom took the trunk at £7200.
The buyer’s premium was 18%.