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Hermes Diamond Blue Jean Crocodile Constance bag in the spotlight at Heritage Auctions
A rare Hermès Extraordinary Collection 18cm Diamond Blue Jean Porosus Crocodile Double-Gusset Constance Bag with 18K White Gold Hardware (starting bid $40,000).

NEW YORK, NY.- A rare Hermès Extraordinary Collection 18cm Diamond Blue Jean Porosus Crocodile Double-Gusset Constance Bag with 18K White Gold Hardware (starting bid $40,000) — among the most exotic handbags available in the world — along with two Hermès finds from the collection of fashion Kim Kardashian, will debut in Heritage Auctions' Spring Handbags and Luxury Accessories Signature® Auction, April 28 at the Fletcher Sinclair Mansion in New York, following previews in Beverly Hills and Dallas.

The 775-lot selection, curated with the luxury collector in mind, includes four of the rarest and most valuable Hermès handbags in the world: in addition to the Blue Jean Crocodile Diamond Constance, the auction features an Hermès Ultra Rare 30cm Matte White Himalayan Crocodile Birkin Bag with Palladium Hardware (starting bid $40,000), an Hermès Horseshoe One of a Kind 35cm Shiny Rose Scheherazade Porosus Crocodile Birkin Bag with Rose Tyrien Interior & Gold Hardware (starting bid $40,000) and an rare Hermès 35cm Matte Pink 5P Alligator Birkin Bag with Palladium Hardware (starting bid $40,000).

"Even for most experienced collector of Hermès bags, there's a tremendous wealth of choice in this auction," said Matt Rubinger, Director of Luxury Accessories at Heritage. "There are also numerous opportunities across multiple luxury brands for new collectors to find the perfect bag at a price better than retail — it's a stylish and instant investment."

Other highlights include a rare 1960s Bulgari Stunning 18K Yellow Gold Melone Minaudiere Evening Bag with a 1.21 carat round diamond clasp (starting bid $25,000), a Chanel Blue & Silver Crocodile Paris-Byzance Collection Gripoix East West Flap Bag (starting bid $4,000), straight from Karl Lagerfeld's Byzantine aesthetics-inspired Runway Collection, and an exceptional Chanel Natural Lizard Jumbo Double Flap Bag with Gunmetal Hardware (starting bid $1,500).

For the Hermès collector looking for something unique or whimsical, comes a special collection of miniature bags including an Hermès Limited Edition Bleu Sapphir Gulliver Leather Quelle Idole Mini Kelly Bag (starting bid $1,000), an Hermès Bleu Roi Lizard Mini Constance Shoulder Bag with Gold Hardware (starting bid $1,500) and an Hermès 15cm Celeste Epsom Leather Micro-Mini Kelly Bag with Palladium Hardware (starting bid $2,000), to name a few.

"Beginning collectors will also have multiple opportunities to obtain examples of some of the most popular bags in the world," said Rubinger, "often in pristine condition and at a fraction of retail price."

Among the possible steals will be a Celine Black & White Snakeskin and Leather Trapeze Bag with an opening bid of $750, a Chanel Black Leather Jumbo Double Flap Bag with Silver Hardware with an opening bid of $1,000 and a Louis Vuitton Classic Monogram Canvas Pegase 55 Suitcase, which will open at $500.

The spring auction also marks the debut of two Hermès bags from well-known Hermes collector and style icon Kim Kardashian. To her fans, Kardashian is known for her exceptional eye for pieces with personality and style. Her personal selections include an Hermès 40cm Limited Edition Veau Doblis & Barenia Grizzly Birkin Bag with Permabrass Hardware (starting bid $10,000) and an Hermès 50cm Orange H Swift Leather Kelly Relax Shoulder Bag with Palladium Hardware (starting bid $7,500).

Not to be missed is a collection of 200 Pristine Hermès scarves that have been collected for decades, featuring the most collectable artists and designs the famed company has created over the years, like the Hermès Black, Pink & Orange "Grande Tenue," by Henri d'Origny Silk Scarf (estimate: $200+).

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