Louis Vuitton Malle Chaussures, $36,000 (£29,800) at Soulis

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These were featured at the time in adverts in Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar as a symbol of Parisian chic and the ultimate travel accessory for the wealthy, stylish woman.

They were made in a number of different sizes with some having drawers for up to 40 pairs of shoes.

The example pictured here, featuring the familiar LV monogram on its leather and canvas-upholstered frame came for sale at Soulis Auctions (23% buyer’s premium) in Lone Jack, Missouri, on October 14.

It had drawers for 25 pairs of shoes and a label addressed for 149 New Bond Street, London and 70 Champs Elysees, Paris with the serial number 816062. Estimated at $8000-12,000, it sold for $36,000 (£29,800).