Those who possess a deep love for handbags are aware of what a Hermès Birkin can mean to their collection. Undoubtedly one of the most revered bags, the Birkin is classical, uber-fine and gorgeous to the tee! One such rare and phenomenal piece from the B- ensemble was recently auctioned by Christie’s in Hong Kong for a shattering $377,000.
The bag in question is a Hermès matte white Himalaya niloticus crocodile diamond Birkin 30’ that comes adorned with an 18-carat white gold and diamond hardware worth dying for! While the pre-sale estimates for the stunning handbag ranged anywhere between HK$1.5 million and HK$2 million, it’s actual sale for HK$2.94 million was a bit of a shocker for all. The classic Birkin is also officiated as the world’s most expensive handbag ever, as it proudly steals the title from a rather similar piece auctioned last year for $300,000. While the name of the buyer remains anonymous, it is reported that the deal was closed on the phone last Wednesday.
As for the Himalayan Birkin, the bag gets its name owing to the smoky gray and pearly white hues that resemble the majestic, snow-capped Himalayas. Per Matt Rubinger, international director of handbags and accessories, Christie’s, “The most valuable bags are the diamond pieces, and the top collector pieces are the ones from the Himalaya family”. And we dare not disagree, for this stunner of a bag just fetched a gigantic $377,000!