Christie's handbags online: Summer in the City sale achieves $2.26 million

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Christie's handbags online: Summer in the City sale achieves $2.26 million
The top lot of the sale was an extremely rare Hermès Diamond Himalaya Birkin 25—the first ever offered in a New York online sale—which realized $300,000, setting a new record for a handbag sold in an the U.S. and the highest price achieved for a handbag sold in any online-only auction. © Christie's Images Ltd 2020.



NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s New York online sale of Handbags & Accessories: Summer in the City (14-28 July) totaled $2,266,750, achieving the highest total for an online Handbags sale at Christie’s, with 88% sold by lot and 117% hammer compared to low estimate. There was global participation with registered bidders from 29 countries and the sale attracted over 40% first-time registrants and 34% new bidders.

The top lot of the sale was an extremely rare Hermès Diamond Himalaya Birkin 25—the first ever offered in a New York online sale—which realized $300,000, setting a new record for a handbag sold in an the U.S. and the highest price achieved for a handbag sold in any online-only auction.

Other notable results included a rare matte white Hermès Himalaya Birkin 30, which sold for $150,000; a delightful Hermès Mini Picnic Kelly 20 II that sold for $56,250; and a highly sought after limited-edition Hermès Bleu Marine Faubourg Birkin 20, which sold for $200,000 against a low estimate of $80,000. Additionally, strong prices were achieved for artist collaborations, Chanel runway accessories, and Louis Vuitton Virgil Abloh designed limited edition pieces.

• HERMÈS, 2019. A RARE, BLEU MARINE, WHITE & ORANGE H MADAME CALFSKIN LEATHER, SWIFT LEATHER, SOMBRERO LEATHER, EPSOM LEATHER & MATTE ALLIGATOR FAUBOURG SELLIER BIRKIN 20 WITH PALLADIUM HARDWARE. PRICE REALIZED: $200,000

• HERMÈS, 1994. A RARE, SOLEIL CALFBOX LEATHER MINI KELLY 20 WITH GOLD HARDWARE. PRICE REALIZED: $32,500

• HERMÈS, 2019. A LIMITED EDITION ROUGE DE COEUR SWIFT LEATHER & OSIER MINI PICNIC KELLY 20 II WITH PALLADIUM HARDWARE. PRICE REALIZED: $56,250

• HERMÈS, 2009. A GRAPHITE, ROUGE H & AMETHYST SWIFT LEATHER & POROSUS CROCODILE PETIT H ROBOT BAG WITH GOLD & PERMABRASS HARDWARE. PRICE REALIZED: $16,250

• GUCCI. A GREEN CROCODILE STEAMER TRUNK WITH GOLD HARDWARE. PRICE REALIZED: $37,500

• HERMÈS, 2018. A LIMITED EDITION BLEU ENCRE, BLEU ZELLIGE, VERT CYPRÈS & BLEU NUIT, SHINY ALLIGATOR & NILOTICUS LIZARD “AU BOUT DU MONDE” CONSTANCE 24 WITH PALLADIUM HARDWARE. PRICE REALIZED: $27,500

• HERMÈS, 2019. A RARE, MATTE WHITE HIMALAYA NILOTICUS CROCODILE BIRKIN 30 WITH PALLADIUM HARDWARE. PRICE REALIZED: $150,000

• STALVEY, 2019. A SHINY YELLOW ALLIGATOR TOP HANDLE MINI 2.0 WITH GOLD HARDWARE. PRICE REALIZED: $5,000

• HERMÈS, 2010. A LIMITED EDITION SHINY VERT ÉMERAUDE POROSUS CROCODILE, VERT TITIEN MULTI-LEATHER & ROSE AZALÉE PATCHWORK BIRKIN 30 WITH PALLADIUM HARDWARE PRICE REALIZED: $35,000










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