The desire for routine and things that feel familiar is at an all time high and for handbag lovers that means sharing the bags that speak to us and showcase the beauty of these items we love so deeply. Leave it to Christie’s to provide that handbag pick-me-up with its latest auction, aptly named Summer in the City, which launches today, July 14th and runs thru July 28th. This curation of luxury bags, from Hermès and Chanel to Louis Vuitton and more, brings us some of the rarest and most sought after eye candy the handbag world has to offer.
The auction is filled with Hermès items, from the classics that would make their way into your wardrobe to be used day after day, season after season, and year after year, to exceptionally rare and one-of-a-kind bags. I am always a proponent of finding the right staples and making those an integral part of your handbag wardrobe, as those bags are the cornerstones we rely on for every outfit and occasion. Christie’s has an assortment of the more timeless and simple leather bags as well as exotic and rare options that fit into the classic category as well.
A neutral tan hued bag works for everything from fall and winter’s darker hues to the lighter options of summer, and this Matte Fauve Alligator Birkin 30 with Gold Hardware is a showstopper. If you prefer a black bag, but want a bag that isn’t your ordinary black bag, check out this rare Limited Edition Black Calfbox So Black Birkin 30 with Black Hardware. I always say purple is a great neutral and no one does purple like Hermès, just look at this beautiful custom Anemone & Étoupe Swift Leather Birkin 30 with Palladium Hardware.
There are plenty of Mini Kellys, which I may add is my latest Hermès obsession. I can’t decide which of these I love more: the Rose Lipstick Chevre Mini Kelly 20 II or this Bleu Zephyr Epsom Leather Mini Kelly 20 II.
If you have the classics and are more interested in the intriguing and rare, this auction has one of the best mixes I’ve ever seen. Want to talk truly one-of-a-kind? Christie’s procured this Chanel Cardboard Maxi Single Flap Prototype with Gold Hardware (looks to be modeled after the new Chanel 19 bag and I’d love the story behind this bag). This is also a really special piece: the Soleil Calfbox Mini Kelly which would pair beautifully with summer dresses and fall tan hues.
Another great option to pair with your summer wardrobe is this Painted Rose Dragée Swift Leather Birkin 30.
If you appreciate street art, this would be the perfect duo for you: Mr. Brainwash Painted Rouge Garance Clémence Leather Birkin 30 with Palladium Hardware which comes with a “Life is Beautiful” statue. This red Birkin was painted by French street artist Thierry Guetta, also known as Mr. Brainwash, and is estimated to fetch $60,000-80,000.
And of course, any Christie’s high end auction would be incomplete without a Matte White Himalaya Niloticus Crocodile Diamond Birkin 25 with 18K White Gold & Diamond Hardware. Predictably, the final hammer price is estimated to land well into 6 figures.
Take a look at the stunning selection of bags up for auction and good luck to you, should you decide to bid on one of these beauties.