Purses or handbags are accessories meant for carrying currency and necessary items. Men have a different form of transporting currency, many simply tuck their wallet safely in a back pocket while others simply put their money directly in their pockets. Purses on the other hand have become more than just a a method of transporting personal items. A purse can be made from leather and other materials and can be designed with gold or other precious stones. Most handbags or purse manufacturers offer signature items and designers around the world have taken the purse not only as a symbol of fashion and style, they have converted it as a work of art. Here are some of the most expensive purses that are beautiful and stylish besides being expensive.
5. The Cleopatra Bag by Lana Marks- $250,000
Lana Marks produces only one bag per year and numbers them after signing. Priced at $250,000 USD the bag is made from alligator skin, which is coloured in silver finish. The clasp is fashioned from 18 carat white gold, on which 1,500 diamonds of black and white colours are embedded.
4. The Chanel "Diamond Forever" Classic Handbag- $261,000
This is a classic handbag from the house of fashion giants “Chanel”. The ‘Diamond Forever’ handbag is designed from pure and excellent quality alligator skins bags. The bag also boasts of clasps that are studded with 334 diamonds weighing 3.56 carats, in the trademark C-logo shape of Chanel. The clasp and the long shoulder straps are fashioned from 18 carat white gold. This expensive and limited edition bag is priced at $261,000.
3. Purse designed by Ginza Tanaka- $1.9 Million
The bag designed by Ginza Tanaka is priced at $1.9 million USD, and could have been a perfect match to Cinderella’s glass slippers. The bag is made from platinum and is decorated with 2,000 diamonds that weigh about 208 carats. The strap can be worn as a necklace, and the 8 carat pear diamond cluster featured in front of the purse can be worn as a brooch. Detaching them the purse can be carried as a stylish clutch.
2. Pierre Hardy’s Kelly Hermes Birkin- $1.9 Million
This extremely luxury bag is also one of the most expensive bags ever created. Priced at $1.9 million USD, the bag is from the French luxury brand Hermes. This creation is by Pierre Hardy who took two meticulous years to design and develop the masterpiece. Made from original crocodile leather, the designer has impressively hand crafted each purse by personally adding every diamond onto gold panels. The handles are designed like a bracelet and made form gold and encrusted with diamonds.
1. 1001 Nights Diamond Purse - $3.58 Million
Officially the most expensive purse, this purse is called Mouawad’s 1001 Night Diamond Purse. The Mouawad’s purse is hand-crafted with 18 carat gold. The purse is also studded with 4,517 diamonds, and priced at an eye-popping $3.58 million USD. The purse is heart shaped and out of the 4,571 diamonds there are 4,356 colourless, 105 yellow and 56 pink diamonds arranged in an extremely artistic pattern. The diamonds weigh 381.92 carats, and required 8,800 man hours to create this expensive work of art.