Not long ago, we brought you the tale of one very rare bag: the Hermès Himalayan Crocodile Birkin above, complete with pavé diamond hardware. The bag, arguably the most sought-after in the world, was about to be sold at Heritage Auctions in Beverly Hills, and some speculated that it might break price records. It didn’t quite make it that high, but it did sell for more than a respectable family home does in many perfectly lovely areas of our fine country.
The Kelly tote has just as glamorous a narrative behind it. A movie found itself on the cover of Life magazine. With that, the bag was instantly synonymous with Grace and it was re-named that the Kelly.The Hermes Birkin Bag List Replica site boasts: ‘A Kelly is a rare and precious thing’ and a week, a spokesman for the firm stressed that the amount of luggage it can produce is limited because only a small number of craftsmen have the essential skills to make them.They pointed out that a single worker takes 18 to 25 hours to make each Kelly bag by hand, while the Birkin takes even longer, stating: ‘Our production remains highly dependent on the know-how of our artisans.’
The record-holder that the Himalayan bag needed to beat was that of another diamond-encrusted crocodile Birkin sold by Heritage, that one in glossy red. It sold for over $200,000, and I still can’t figure out exactly why; it’s a beautiful bag, for sure, but it’s not one that’s known to be rarer than any other exotic, diamond-encrusted Birkin. Perhaps the wife of an oil baron just particularly liked the color.
At any rate, the person who snapped up this Himalayan can count themselves lucky; Hermès has no plans to make additional Himalayan bags available and they’re considered extremely desirable to ultra-rich bag collectors, so snagging one at any price is something of a coup.