Jun 13, 2018
Ten-year-old Hermes Birkin handbag sells for £162,500
A second-hand Hermes Birkin bag has sold for £162,500 in London, a new European record for the most expensive handbag sold at auction. The record for a bag sold at auction - also a Hermes Birkin - is £253,700, set in Hong Kong in 2017. It measures just 30cm wide - smaller than the original Birkin handbag - and is made from nilo crocodile hide and features diamonds. The French luxury fashion house Hermes designed what became known as the Birkin in 1981. Ms Birkin had met the chief executive of Hermes on a flight from Paris to London, where he offered to design her a holdall and asked if the company could name it after her.
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