Most expensive handbags
We all know that women cannot live a day without their handbags. They could very well be considered as the second best friend to girls after diamonds. According to a survey, 22% of women would opt to go on a bender spree on expensive handbags, if given a chance to buy branded stuff. Moreover, one in ten women spends more than $150 per year on handbags. Handbags became fashion accessories only during the late 19th century and since then became an indispensable part of a woman’s wardrobe. Although today we can get numerous branded handbags, but Louis Vuitton was the first company to introduce its handbags, making it the brand all women loved, hence being called a branded handbag. Proceeding Louis Vuitton, were brands like Fendi, Hermes, Chanel, Marc Jacobs etc. that made a mark by creating some marvelous and fashionable handbags. So, for the rich fashionistas we have compiled a list of most expensive handbags, check out:
1001 Nights Diamond Purse
Price: $3.8 Million
By The House of Mouawad
The House of Mouawad in Dubai rolled out the most expensive purse ever made that cots cool $3.8 million. The bag is adorned with 4,356 colorless diamonds, 105 yellow diamonds and 56 pink ones and hence it is covered with total of 4,500 diamonds. The total weight of the diamonds is 381 karats and it set record at Guinness World of Records for being the world’s most expensive handbag. The heart-shaped purse, handcrafted from 18kt gold, has a gold chain that can be used as a cling. The bag was crafted by 10 dedicated craftsmen who endlessly worked on this wonder for four months.
The Hermes Birkin by Japanese designer Ginza Tanaka
Price: $1.9 Million
This Hermes Birkin bag was created by Japanese designer Ginza Tanaka in 2008 and since then became the second most expensive bag in the world. The bag is made of platinum and adorned with more than 2000 diamonds. This bag has a diamond strap that can be used as a necklace and a bracelet by just detaching it form the bag. Hence the bag can be used as a clutch and strap as a necklace. The bag itself is encrusted with 8 karat pear shaped dazzling diamond that can also be used separately.
By The Chanel
Chanel is known for its high end product crafted diamond forever bag that is worth $261,000. The bag is made of classic alligator skin leather clubbed with stunning diamonds. The bag is adorned with 334 diamonds weighs 3.56 carats set in white gold. The bag strap is made of 18 karat gold chain that is detachable.
By Lana Marks
This stunning white clutch is made by Lana Marks and only one bag is produced per year. The bag is encrusted with dazzling diamonds set on white alligator skin lather and is often seen sported by the famous celebrities. Helen Mirren was seen carrying this stunning white clutch at the 2007 Academy Awards.
Margaret Thatcher black handbag
Price: $ 159,535
The black Asprey bag which was a representation of power to the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Margaret Thatcher, was up for auction early this year. This black Asprey bag was expected to fetch $ 159,535. The legendary bag was worn by the lady each time she used to head for significant conference like with former US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. Mrs Thatcher received a handbag as a gift from George Shultz, Ronald Reagan’s secretary of state in 1988.
Urban Satchel bag
By Louis Vuitton
This unique bag is created by the famous Italian fashion brand Louis Vuitton and is made of all the junk items. Now, you would wonder if it is a junk, why is the bag in the list of most expensive handbags? Well, the bag costs $150,000. The bag is combination of waste water bottles, candy wrappers, cigarette packets, tea bags, band aid and many other waste materials. Only 12 pieces were made by the brand and was booked much before it was released.
Hermes Matte Crocodile Birkin Bag
Hermes, the well known fashion brand, had once sold this bag at an auction house Doyle New York for $120,000. The bag is made of crocodile skin and has numerous dazzling diamonds studded in the clasp of the bag.
Leiber Precious Rose Bag
By Judith Lieber
This rose shape bag was handcrafted by the well known designer Judith Lieber and was priced at $92,000. The bag is encrusted with 1,016 diamonds that weighs 42.56 carats, 800 tourmalines and 1,169 pink sapphires. Only one piece was made and was sold much before it was launched.
Hermès Himalaya Matte Crocodile Birkin
Expected Price: $ 55,000-$80,000
This special limited edition Hermès Himalaya Matte Crocodile Birkin bag is just one of a kind and will soon be auctioned at Heritage Auction. The bag is made of crocodile skin and is expected to fetch a sum of $55000- $80,000 from the auction. According to the Matt Rubinger, Director of Luxury Accessories at Heritage Auction, “There are few handbags in the world that can compare with the Hermès Himalayan Crocodile Birkin. Being one of only a very few in the world, this could be the most sought after bag to ever go to auction. The Himalaya coloring of the crocodile is what makes this piece so desirable.”
By Louis Vuitton
This bag was launched under the collection of Louis Vuitton Tribute Patchwork and was sold at the whooping price of $52,500. The bag is made of patches of 14 Louis Vuitton cut outs and is handmade in France. Only five such pieces were created worldwide and were instantly sold off. One out of five bags was bought by the R&B superstar Beyonce.
By Hilde Palladino
This bag was designed by a Norwegian designer Hilde Palladino and was sold at $38,470. The bag has 9 white diamonds placed on the claps of the bag. The bag is crafted form elegant white leather and makes a very classy one for the collection.
Hermès Exceptional Collection Shiny Rouge H Porosus Crocodile 30 cm Birkin Bag with Solid 18K White Gold & Diamond Hardware
A shining red Hermès exceptional collection rouge H Porosus Crocodile 30 cm Birkin bag with solid 18K white gold & diamond hardware fetched handsome $203,150 at Heritage Auctions’ sale in Dallas, Texas. Bought by an anonymous collector, the bag is regarded to be an extraordinary example of one of the world’s most exceptional handbags.
Hermes Birkin bag crafted from gold and diamonds by Pierre Hardy
The French luxury fashion brand Hermes launched $1.9 million handbags crafted from gold and adorned with thousands of precious diamonds, making it an artistic jewel piece. Regarded to be a bracelet in itself, this bag is actually the creation of Pierre Hardy who worked on it for about 2-years to recreate the intricate specimen of the original Birkin bag design, and impressively crafted each stone individually for this bag.