Birkin indeed is timeless! We had earlier told you about the Hermes diamond birkin bag which actually set the record for the most expensive Hermes bag sold at an auction. Now, Bonhams is offering what would be a sort of bonanza for vintage bag lovers. Hermes bags from a private collection are all set to go up in sale this May at Bonhams, Knightsbridge sale. Steeped in history and culture, the collection, comprising of sixty-four bags, is tagged with interesting stories. So, from the elegant Kelly bags to the ever-so-famous Birkin bags-the selection includes them all.
Kelly bag, as the name is a clear pointer to, had graced Grace Kelly’s arms way back in the 1950s. The origin of the bag, however, can be traced back to 1935 when Hermes developed the leather Sac à dépêches for the first time. The Kelly bag, as it was renamed later, shot to fame when the Princess of Monaco was pictured carrying the leather beauty to keep her pregnancy under wraps. The photographs went viral over media networks and even featured on the cover of the Life magazine. The bag has become known as the Kelly bag ever since. At the latest Bonham’s sale, people will get the option to choose from a mesmerizing collection of four Kelly bags! So, don’t miss the sale for a closer look at The Hermès light blue ostrich Kelly bags, Hermès light brown ostrich or the fuchsia ostrich Kelly bags. With the price for the pieces expected to start at £ 3,000, they might not be everybody’s cup of tea. Our advice, however, is, even if you cannot afford to spend a fortune on the bags, be there, at least, for a quick look at the timeless pieces.
Kelly bags apart, the Hermes sale will also include choicest picks from the company’s Birkin collection. Named after Jane Birkin the famous British actress, Birkin bags have been around for quiet some time now. Birkin, the story goes, had met Jean-Louis Dumas, Hermes chairman, to explain to him how difficult exactly it has been for her to find a proper leather bag for the weekends.
In 1984, Dumas created a super cool black leather bag exclusively for Birkin, thus giving birth to the legendary lineup. While the bags can now be made to order, the designs still remain one of the most recognized in industry. The most stylish Birkin bags in the sale include red togo leather Birkin bags, pale blue togo leather Birkin bags and black togo leather Birkin bags. Other noteworthy Birkin bags slated to go up in sale at Bonham’s are Hermès dark brown matt crocodile Birkin bags, black patent crocodile Birkin bags and dark brown matt crocodile Birkin bags. They are all estimated to fetch a whopping figure somewhere between £8,000 and £12,000.
The sale will also include an army of stylish “Constance bags”. The list includes a pair of Hermes crocodile Constance bags, some Hermès togo leather, and deep cherry red leather Constance bags.
Besides these vintage Hermes bags, the French fashion house will be auctioning four limited edition Hermes handbags in a Christie's online auction in London on 8th May, 2012.