Hermès – one and only
Christie’s has announced to have sold Hermès Shiny Fuchsia Porosus Crocodile Diamond Birkin 35 at record price of £ 146.000.
Christie’s said in a statement on Monday that the bag, one among a selection of more than 300 luxury handbags auctioned at the Handbags & Accessories auction in Hong Kong, was sold to an anonymous Asian phone bidder.
Hermès Shiny Fuchsia Porosus Crocodile Diamond Birkin 35 was named after British actress and singer Jane Birkin in 1984 and gained immediate success. It is crafted from crocodile leather and features 18k white gold and diamond hardware.
Today Hermès, which is considered one of the world’s most valuable luxury brands, is the luxury label of choice in leather, lifestyle accessories, perfumery and ready-to-wear for the most sophisticated women.
Bags, however, are among the most coveted Hermès products worldwide.
Hermès was established by Thierry Hermès who in 1837 opened a harness workshop in Paris selling luxury harnesses and bridles for horse-drawn carriages. That is why the Hermès logo is a carriage and a horse.
In 1900, already with a strong reputation, the company launched the Haut à Courroies bag, a bag specifically designed for riders to carry their saddles with them and in 1922 the first leather handbags were produced.
A decade later, the luxury fashion house launched its Sac à dépêches bag which was later renamed the ‘Kelly’ after Grace Kelly who was photographed in 1956 while carrying one.