Snapped away! The Hermes handbag made of crocodile leather sets a new world record with a price of GBP 230,000
- The Hermes Himalaya Birkin bag sold for £ 230,000 and set a new world record
- It was bought during an online sale by Christie & # 39; s London-based auctioneers
- The Hermes bag is made from the skin of the Niloticus crocodile found in Africa
For many, a beautiful new handbag can look so tempting that you just have to buy it – regardless of the price.
Perhaps it is best that those with a weakness for high fashion turn their eyes away from this Himalayan Birkin bag.
Because the accessory encrusted with diamonds and white gold was sold for £ 230,000, setting a new world record.
It was manufactured by the French fashion house Hermes and is considered the most sought-after design in the world and a “holy grail” for collectors.
The Hermes Himalaya Birkin bag, made from the skin of the Niloticus crocodile found in Africa, was sold online by Christie & # 39; s auctioneers for a world record of £ 230,000
The market for handbags has recently increased by up to 40 percent in one year.
Today they are considered a safer and more lucrative investment than art, stocks and shares. The Himalaya Birkin bag is made from the skin of the African Niloticus crocodile.
The name derives from the gradation of its color from gray to pearl white, which resembles the snowy mountains of the Himalayas.
It was bought during an online sale by Christie & # 39; s auctioneers, which raised a total of £ 1.75 million.
It was the most expensive lot sold to an anonymous buyer for a record £ 231,000 fee.
The price makes it the most expensive handbag ever bought in an online auction. It was also the largest amount ever paid for a bag sold in America.
Rachel Koffsky, sales manager for handbags and accessories at Christie, says: "The Himalayan handbag is the world's most collectable handbag and the holy grail for collectors."
Rachel Koffsky, sales manager for handbags and accessories at Christie, said: “The Himalayan handbag is the world's most collectable handbag and the holy grail for collectors.
“They are manufactured at the highest level of craftsmanship and are the pinnacle of craftsmanship.
“They are very rare, but the exact number is not known. Our customers are international collectors, most of whom are women who want to buy and display them.
"Some keep them on display, but they're wearable works of art and [others] wear them only for a very special occasion like a wedding."
Christie’s also holds the record for handbags sold at every auction – £ 305,000 for another Himalayan Birkin in 2017.