Wednesday, 13 June 2018
A second-hand Hermes Birkin bag has sold for £162,500 ($217,144) in London, a new European record for the most expensive handbag sold at auction.
The 2008 Himalaya Birkin, with an 18-carat white gold diamond encrusted lock, exceeded its list price of £100,000 - £150,000 on Tuesday.
The record for a bag sold at auction - also a Hermes Birkin - is £253,700 ($380,000),
set in Hong Kong in 2017
It is the "undisputed most valuable bag in the world," Christie's said.
It was first time the bag had been offered in a European auction, said Matthew Rubinger, international director at the auctioneers.
The 10-year-old niloticus crocodile bag was said to be in "grade 2 condition" - with no obvious flaws.
It measures just 30cm wide - smaller than the original Birkin handbag - and is made from nilo crocodile hide and features diamonds.
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