Only hours left to bid on two of the most stunning Hermès Bags at Christie’s Online Auction
When Christie’s has one of its handbags and accessories auctions, I tend to visit their site multiple times a day and watch the bids on each unique piece rise. One of the problems I face is there are so many extraordinary pieces I can never pick just one – so I visit and revisit the site.
I always used to consider myself an Hermès Birkin girl, but over the past few years the Kelly has become just as coveted by myself and many, if not even more coveted than its iconic sister. The debate of Birkin versus Kelly is one that continues for handbag lovers, with each offering a different look and purpose.
And when it comes to colors, Hermès does it best. Though Hermès pinks and blues tend to receive highest values at Auction, I am most strongly drawn to their reds. In my opinion, two of the best red colors Hermès makes are Bougainvillier and Braise, shown below in Porosus and Niloticus Crocodile skins on a Birkin and Kelly.
An exotic red Hermès bag immediately commands attention and will forever be a staple in your wardrobe, so you can’t go wrong either way. Which do you prefer, the Birkin or Kelly, and which would you bid on?
Place Your Bids in the Christie’s Handbags and Accessories Auction before it ends!
Commonly seen dangling off the arms of celebrities such as Victoria Beckham, the Hermes Birkin and VB’s other favourite, the single-handled Hermes Kelly, are the ultimate in designer arm-candy. Costing an eye-watering #6,000-plus each, these totes are so covetable, they are believed to be much better investment than stocks and stocks – for unlike a brand new vehicle or item of jewelry they appreciate in value the moment you purchase them. Just one problem: you have to get hold of one in the first place.Auction house expert Max Brownawell explains: ‘Your ordinary woman can’t just walk into Hermes and purchase one. You’d have to have a longstanding relationship with one of their sales partners. ‘This exclusivity and the subsequent mystique that surrounds the Birkin and Kelly has been shown to be a phenomenally successful marketing trick.Where other designer brands have become tacky and omnipresent, Hermes alone, it seems, has been able to control its handbags to the point at which they are badges of riches even to the super-rich. Legend has it that the Birkin was created if the eponymous Jane Birkin, actress love of Je t’aime singer Serge Gainsbourg, was seated next to Hermes CEO Jean-Louis Dumas to a flight. She carried a tatty, over-filled straw tote and said she could never find an adequate handbag. Dumas invited her into his workshop and the prototype was conceived. The rest is history.