The Comète Etoile Filante, or Comet Shooting Star, was one of the first three mascots released in August of 1925. It was inspired by the Citröen advertisement that illuminated the Eiffel Tower, comprised of stars with comet tails that lit up the iconic tower at night to form the brand name Citröen.
The gigantic advertisement by Citröen coincided with the 1925 Art Deco Exposition, of which André Citroën was a supporter. It was recorded as the world’s largest advertisement in the Guinness Book of Records, with approximately 250,000 lights used to create the stars, comets and the letters, which were each over 90 feet tall.
The light display remained a lot longer than the expo, however, illuminating the Paris skyline for nine years until financial problems resulted in the advertisement being taken down.
It was also famously used as a beacon by Charles Lindbergh – the first pilot to complete a solo transatlantic flight – to help him safely navigate to the Le Bourget Airport in 1927.
But back to the Lalique mascot.
The Comète hood ornament measures some 19 centimeters in length and encompasses a stylized star with a trailing comet trail. Model 1123 was designed in 1925 and today has commanded up to $120,000.
Like all Lalique mascots, the sale price is determined by condition and market demand.
Stay tuned for more Lalique mascot features as we review the whole collection. To learn more about Lalique mascots and their history, read our blog post here.