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Bottled Up At Sephora

<CS:BOLD>NEW YORK -- Those on the hunt for factices -- those giant-sized perfume bottles used mostly for displays -- were in luck Wednesday night when the Fragrance Foundation hosted "Perfume Giants on the Auction Block."<BR><BR>The silent auction,...

NEW YORK — Those on the hunt for factices — those giant-sized perfume bottles used mostly for displays — were in luck Wednesday night when the Fragrance Foundation hosted “Perfume Giants on the Auction Block.”

The silent auction, held at Sephora’s Rockefeller Center store, was hosted by Fragrance Foundation president Annette Green.

For years, people would ask Green where they can get the factices that pepper the Annette Green Museum. “These display pieces are part of a dying breed,” she said. “People have always asked me about where to purchase them.”

The event, held on the fragrance level of the store, was open to the public for viewing throughout the day. Industry and museum members were invited to bid from 7 to 9 p.m., when the music blared and the champagne flowed freely.

Over 60 factices were up for auction, donated by Fragrance Foundation members and private collectors. While most were of modern scents such as Gucci Rush 2, Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue and Nu, several were from the distant past — the Jean Patou Joy factice dated back to 1930, and two factices of Indiscret by Parfums Lucien Lelong were from 1936.

The factice of Fragile by Jean Paul Gaultier fetched the highest bid — $550.

The auction raised over $10,000 to benefit the Annette Green Museum.

“I am a devotee of factices,” said Green, who noted that the bottles were filled with a special mixture designed to resemble the fragrance. “We have over 50 of them in the museum.”