Sudhir Gupta Inducted into Guinness World Records for Largest Factice Collection

Miss Universe Harnaaz Sandhu joined Factice Collector and Facticerie Founder Sudhir Gupta for a private reception at Bergdorf Goodman to celebrate his induction into the Guinness World Records for the largest collection of factices in the world and the opening of his Faticerie: The Factice Collection.

Factice Collector Sudhir Gupta, Mercedes Acosta, Miss Universe Harnaaz Sandhu and Guinness World Record’s Michael Empric at Bergdorf Goodman. (Photo by Michael Ostuni/PMC). 

Throughout the evening guests enjoyed light bites and champagne as they walked through BG Restaurant decorated in incredible florals and more than 350 factice bottles from Mr. Gupta’s collection. The Factice Collection, which contains more than 1,404 factices as counted and confirmed by Guinness World Records — but actually includes closer to 3,000 factices, features bottles from world-renowned fragrance houses such as Guerlain, Caron, Dior, CHANEL and Estée Lauder, valued from $2,000 to $100,000. The evening also highlighted Gupta’s very first factice, L’Air du Temps by Nina Ricci, which he uncovered while working at a perfume shop on Canal Street as a penniless graduate student in the early 1990’s.

Sudhir Gupta’s very first factice, L’Air du Temps by Nina Ricci, acquired around 1992.  Launched after World War II, the factice was made by Lalique in 1948 and the dove on top was meant as a symbol of peace.

Just a few of the more than 350 factices on display at BG Restaurant for the occasion at Bergdorf Goodman. Flowers and display by Mercedes Acosta.

Midway through the evening, Guinness World Records’ Michael Empric took the floor to present Gupta with his official plaque for his impressive collection. After Gupta was presented with the award, he shared a few words of gratitude, stating “Everything I have achieved has evolved from my passion for factices.”

World Record Holding Factice Collector Sudhir Gupta with his certificate presented by the 2022 Guinness World Records. “Everything I’ve achieved has evolved from my passion for factices,” says Gupta.

Those in attendance included Creative Director of the Facticerie Mercedes Costa, Christine Schott & George Ledes, Stefano Tonchi of Palmer Magazine, Fashion Stylist Ann Caruso, Victoria Hagan & Michael Berman, Estée Lauder’s Sumit Bhasin, Catherine Carey, Sue Philips, Symrise’s Julianne Pruett and Veronique Ferval, Firmenich’s Theo Spilka, WellInsulated’s Julie Vavrichek.

Meredith Schott, George Ledes, Stefano Tonchi & daughter with friend Ann Caruso.

Firmenich’s Theo Spilka, The Estée Lauder Companies’ Sumit Bhasin, and Achim Daub and wife Chantal.

Achim Daub, Linda Marshall, The Scentarium’s Sue Phillips, and Ross Stores’ Barbara Zinn Moore.

Symrise’s Veronique Ferval and Julianne Pruett

WellInsulated’s Julie Vavrichek and Cari Lutkins ,with Gemologist to the Stars Emilio.

George Ledes with Industry Veteran’s Tony Griffith’s daughter Monique Girard and granddaughter Chloe.

Columnist R. Couri Hay.

The exhibit is now open to the public by appointment only. The Facticerie is located at 70 1st St. Hackensack, NJ 07601. For more information, or to book an appointment, please visit or contact

Meredith Schott
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