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How much does a Hermès Birkin bag cost?

The most famous bag the brand makes – the Birkin – takes its name from British-French actress, singer and model Jane Birkin.

The mum-of-three was on a short flight from Paris to London in 1983.

It’s said Jane dropped her belongings and complained to the man she sat next to, who turned out to be Jean-Louis Dumas, chairman of the Hermès group.

He promised to make her a bag that would suit her needs, and the infamous design was created.

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The most expensive bag ever sold is a matte white Diamond Himalaya Niloticus crocodile diamond Birkin 30 with 18k white gold and diamond hardware

On the company’s website, it details their chance encounter, saying: “It didn’t take long for the conversation to take off between the two sharp-witted seatmates.

“When Jane dropped her Hermès diary, scattering a flurry of papers, her gentlemanly neighbor came to her aid.

“She grumbled that diaries were never able to hold all of her bits of paper and bags never had enough pockets!

“He introduced himself and promised, while he couldn’t revolutionize her diaries, he could at least have her dream bag made for her in his workshops.

“She explained what she wanted. He took notes and stepped off the plane with a preliminary sketch.

“They met up in the workshop, where the craftsmen took care of the rest.”

As the Birkin is one of the most sought after bags, you can’t buy one online via the official shop.

Instead you need to go in store, where each one will have a small stock available, but you can’t simply pick one off the shelf.

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Someone can be on a waiting list for years before they get a Birkin

Often it takes contacts, brand loyalty, and a lot of cash before you can get your hands on a bag – and time.

The internet is filled with countless tales of women ecstatic the day they get the call telling them they are ready for a Birkin.

And if you have expensive taste, or a certain look in mind, the waiting lists for Birkins can be years, as the creators source the necessary materials to make a bespoke bag.

A testament to their cost and durability, there is aftercare available for minor repairs and wear and tear, and a Hermès Spa, in Paris, where bags go for major repair.

This means often bags are heirlooms, passed down through generations.

They often appreciate in value, adding to their desirability.

The cheapest a Birkin sells for is around £5,000, and their price goes up to the hundreds of thousands.

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What’s the most expensive one ever sold?

Not just in the Hermès collection, but the most expensive bag ever sold – of all brands – is a Birkin.

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Specifically, it’s the matte white Diamond Himalaya Niloticus crocodile diamond Birkin 30 with 18k white gold and diamond hardware – featuring more than 240 of the precious stones.

In Hermès shorthand, it’s a H30 GHW.

It was sold in 2016 by a private Asia collector at Christie’s auction in Hong Kong, and fetched a staggering £253,700 ($380,000).

In a press release ahead of the sale, Christies said: “The diamond pieces created by Hermes are exceptional, but none are nearly as iconic as the Himalaya.

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“It is believed that only one or two of the Diamond Himalayas are produced each year, globally, making it one of the lowest production runs for handbags.”

It remains the most expensive bag ever sold, surpassing the previous record for a bag of £166,344, set in 2015.

That was a Hermès Birkin too, but a fuchsia crocodile skin Birkin, studded with 18-carat white gold and diamond hardware.

In 2018 another Hermès Himalaya set the European record for most expensive bag sold.

The 10-year-old bag sold for £162,500, smashing predictions it would fetch £100,000 – £150,000.

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How many versions are there?

The Hermès Himalaya gets its name not from the region, but rather how the colour of the bag matches the colour scheme of the mountain range.

There are a few versions of the exclusive bag, and it comes in the two most recognisable designs, the Birkin and the Kelly.

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t’s been described as a piece of “fashion history” by auction house Christie’s. A matte white Diamond Himalaya Niloticus crocodile diamond Birkin 30 with 18k white gold and diamond hardware, was sold by a private Asian collector for $300,168 on Monday, making it the most expensive handbag ever sold at auction.
“The diamond pieces created by Hermes are exceptional, but none are nearly as iconic as the Himalaya,” Christie’s said in a press release prior to the sale. “It is believed that only one or two of the Diamond Himalayas are produced each year, globally, making it one of the lowest production runs for handbags.”

Beauty of the Birkin

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The results follow last year’s record-breaking $222,000 sale of a fuchsia diamond-studded Hermes Birkin, and further cement the bag’s celebrated fashion credentials.
“Its rarity and exclusivity, the quality of leather and craftsmanship, its style and the ability to customize,” all contribute to making this the most valuable bag in the world today, according to New York-based appraiser Helaine Fendelman, of Helaine Fendelman & Associates.
The fact they are instantly recognizable without a large emblazoned logo only adds to their appeal, she added, although clever marketing by Hermes also helps.
“By not telling ladies how many are manufactured in a year, the idea that these are scarce makes them more desirable. It is human nature to want what others cannot get,” Fendelman said.
Both Christie’s and Fendelman agree that even the most basic Birkins hold their price, making them a sound investment as well as an impressive fashion statement.
“I remember when I wanted to purchase a Birkin bag at auction for about $7,500 and my husband thought I had lost my mind,” she said. “That same bag today sells for double that price, at least.”

Collectors’ items

Interest in these aftermarket bags (“second-hand” doesn’t have quite the same ring to it) has grown rapidly, and Christie’s now includes an accessories and handbags section in many of it’s major sales around the world.

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