Designer handbags put to death at London auction


A vast collection of high-end handbags will be on sale at an auction by Christie’s this month, which is expected to fetch more than $ 100,000.

“Handbags Online: The London Edit” is open for auction until 23 November, with bags, luggage and accessories on offer.

Highlights include handbags in a range of colors by French luxury leather goods maker Hermes, known for its $ 10,000 as well as the Birkin and Kelly ranges.

General view of the objects exhibited as part of

Topping the list is a Hermes Birkin 20 Matte Beton Alligator, White Togo & Swift Leather Faubourg Sellier bag, representing the storefront of Hermès’ flagship store in Paris, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.

Released in limited numbers this year, the bag has a price estimate of 80,000 pounds to 100,000 pounds ($ 107,832 to $ 134,790).

“It’s very unusual to see so many bags at the same time because obviously every time you go to the store you won’t be able to see so many models and colors,” said Lucile Andreani, bag sales manager. handbag and EMEA accessories at Christie’s. Reuters preview Thursday.

“We have almost 200 bags… (items start) from 100 pounds, and it goes up to 80,000 pounds, so that’s a really wide range.”

Rachel Koffsky, Senior International Specialist at Christie's Handbags & Accessories, poses with a piece titled

Rachel Koffsky, Senior International Specialist at Christie's Handbags & Accessories, poses with a piece titled

Other Hermes bags include a limited edition Fauve Barenia & Bog Oak Kellywood 22 herringbone pattern, which can range from 60,000 to 80,000 pounds, and a brilliant Cocoan Porosus Crocodile Birkin 35, adorned with 18k yellow gold and of yellow sapphire material. It can range from 50,000 to 70,000 pounds.

“Most of our customers use the bags because they are made to be used,” Andreani said, adding that the buyers were mainly private collectors.

Other items for sale include a Louis Vuitton Zinc Explorer trunk, dating from the 1890s with a price of 30,000 to 40,000 pounds, and a Chanel red carbon fiber surfboard, estimated to be between 6,000 and 8,000 pounds. .

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