Vintage Dunhill Cigarette Lighters
Vintage Dunhill cigarette lighters are refillable, metal lighters produced by the British-based company Alfred Dunhill Ltd.
History & Description
Alfred Dunhill Ltd. was founded in 1893 and initially produced products for the automobile market. Having retired in 1907, Alfred Dunhill opened an exclusive cigars | cigar]]] and tobacco store in London and began to produce his own patented brand of pipes.
Dunhill launched its first cigarette lighter, called Unique in 1927, and ever since their lighters have been synonymous with quality, reliability and innovation.
Dunhill’s subsequent lighter designs, such as the Tallboy, Squareboy and London Rollalite, were marketed as luxury goods and were favoured by celebrities such as Sean Connery and were regularly used in James Bond films.
In the 1950s, Dunhill produced one of the first butane gas lighters, the Rollagas.
Today, the company specialises in men’s luxury clothing, timepieces and writing implements and still produces top of the range cigarette lighters.
Guide for collectors
Due to their outstanding build-quality and the use of precious metals, in particular gold, vintage Dunhill cigarette lighters command some of the highest prices at auction for lighters.
Although vintage Dunhill lighters are frequently advertised on eBay, the most distinguished examples are typically sold at both national and international auction houses. For example, a rare silver plated petrol cigarette lighter realised a price of £7, 475 when it was sold through Christie’s in London on May 5th 1999.
Notable auction sales
On July 8th 2003 at Sotheby’s in London, a 9K gold Dunhill cigarette lighter, circa 1930s, realised a price of £7,200.
On November 2nd 2003 at Rago Arts and Auction Center in Lambertville, New Jersey, a 9K gold Dunhill cigarette lighter inset with a rectangular clock realised a price of $5,000.
On June 3rd 2005 at Sotheby’s in London, a Dunhill silver mother and pearl cigarette case and lighter, circa 1926, realised a price of £3,360.
On February 19th 2012, a rare Dunhill Aquarium cigarette lighter, circa 1950s, was sold on eBay for $2,950.
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