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This Birkin bag just sold for Rs 2.4 crore at auction

What makes a purse worth a house?

By Kaitlin Menza  June 1st, 2017

An Hermes Birkin bag has broken the world record for the most money ever paid for a handbag at auction, with a $380,000 winning bid at the Hong Kong event. The record was previously held by a different Birkin bag, for which a bidder paid $300,000 in 2016.

Christie’s held the auction and would not share the identity of the buyer, but they did provide details about the coveted bag itself. Created in 2014, this particular “Himalaya” purse is made of matte crocodile skin, with handles encrusted in 205 diamonds and 18-karat gold buckles.

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Himalaya Birkins get their name from the bag’s color, which fades from smoky grey to pearly white, evoking comparisons with the mountain range. The company says they’re exceptionally rare, with only one or two believed to be made each year because of a time-consuming process to dye the crocodile skin.

That today’s Himalaya Birkin broke the record came as a surprise to Christie’s. The presale estimate was between $193,000-$258,000. Spokeswoman Gigi Ho said bids sailed past that price window quickly during 10 to 15 minutes of intense offers in person, over the phone, and online.

The infamous Birkin bag was introduced by Hermes in 1984, and named after singer-actress-model Jane Birkin. The purses retail for four figures at a minimum, and are so rare that their waiting list was featured as a plot point on a 2001 episode of Sex and the City.

From: Elle USA

Kareena Kapoor’s favourite bags

Kareena Kapoor appreciates the value of a good Birkin and it often makes an appearance along with her. Check out the other bags in Kareena’s closet…

A regular staple in Kareena’s airport wardrobe, the Givenchy Nightingale is one for the ages. This classic tan number can be yours to have and to hold for Rs 1.2 lakh at Barneys.

No one can argue with the virtues of investing in a good navy tote, so we’re sure her financial advisor approved this Balenciaga Papier tote for Rs 1.7 lakh. (You can get your hands on it at Neiman Marcus.)

Kareena and her Chanel Black Quilted Caviar Maxi bag go way back to even before Saif was in the picture. The chance to flaunt this little crossbody baby will cost you Rs 3.2 lakh precisely. (Get yours here.)

The ultimate status symbol, Kareena and her loyal Hèrmes Birkin (Rs 12.6 lakh) have seen the world together. Best friend material? We certainly think so. 

Because well, what’s a luxury bag closet without a Gucci tote occupying pride of place under a little shimmer of stars? This Gucci Supreme model (Rs 76,000) is versatile and trend-proof, just like its owner.