You’d think bag lovers would be easy to shop for, but that’s often not the case. An interest in designer accessories often brings one to the point of obsession with rarities, discontinued styles or colors, limited editions and exotics, and finding just the right piece to satisfy that kind of wish list can be tricky and time-consuming. If that describes either you or a very lucky person on your holiday shopping list, your best opportunity to pick up a dream handbag has arrived: the Christie’s Handbags & Accessories December Online Auction.

At Christie’s latest sale, you can choose from an expertly curated selection of hard-to-find pre-owned bags, accessories and small leather goods in excellent condition from brands like Hermès, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Bulgari, Gucci and beyond. That includes a dazzling array of exotic bags in materials like crocodile and alligator, especially from Hermès, which are often difficult (if not impossible) to source at regular retail unless you have built up a reputation with the brand as a loyal client. At Christie’s, not only do you get to skip the line, but you get to skip the time- and cost-intensive process of getting into it. You can simply shop the storied auction house’s impressive selection and bid on the bags of your choosing.

You don’t necessarily have to be in the market for an ultra-rare bag in order to find something for yourself or a loved one at Christie’s latest auction, though. The selection also includes numerous day bags in traditional leathers from the world’s best accessories brands, many in neutral shades that would be perfect for year-round use or a range of bright colors that would be the perfect seasonal wardrobe complement. There are surprising values to be had, in addition to the once-in-a-lifetime dream bags.

The Christie’s Handbags & Accessories December Online Auction runs through December 13 at Christie’s website, and if you’re in New York, you can preview the available pieces at the auction house’s Rockefeller Center galleries through December 12. We’ve chosen some of our favorite Hermès bags from the auction to highlight below, but you can peruse the entire selection via Christie’s now.

Hermès Birkin in Vert Emeraude Shiny Nilo Crocodile, 25cm
Bidding Starts at $45,000 via Christie’s


Hermès Sellier Kelly, Customized in Black Calfbox Leather and Toile, 28cm
Bidding Starts at $5,500 via Christie’s


Hermès Birkin in Black Shiny Porosus Crocodile, 30cm
Bidding Starts at $55,000 via Christie’s


Hermès Birkin in Cocoan Shiny Porosus Crocodile, 35cm
Bidding Starts at $45,000 via Christie’s


Hermès Birkin in Himalaya Nilo Crocodile, 25cm
Bidding Starts at $70,000 via Christie’s


Hermès Sellier Birkin in Limited Edition Matte Black Vache Hunter Leather, 40cm
Bidding Starts at $16,000 via Christie’s


Hermès Birkin in Mykonos Ostrich, 30cm
Bidding Starts at $24,000 via Christie’s


Hermès Egee Clutch in Rose Scheherazade Shiny Porosus Crocodile
Bidding Starts at $15,000 via Christie’s


Hermès Retourne Kelly in Limited Edition So Black Matte Alligator, 35cm
Bidding Starts at $40,000 via Christie’s


Hermès Retourne Kelly in Rouge H Matte Alligator, 35cm
Bidding Starts at $30,000 via Christie’s

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5 years ago

these bags are perfectly beautiful but when the Kartrashians started carrying these bags, they lost all their appeal and value to me!

5 years ago

Other than being a status symbol, I don’t get the appeal-very matronly looking bags-ages a woman 10 years as soon as it’s carried. My friends who own them (Birkins) claim they are very heavy.

Jerri R
Jerri R
5 years ago

Who needs a down payment on a house, a new car, or one’s children’s college funds when you can have a fabulous bag 🙂

Roxana May
Roxana May
5 years ago
Reply to  Jerri R

Haha, I feel you!!

5 years ago

Good article. Yesterday I bought a bag on this website very satisfied. By the way, you can still use the code “coupon15” with 25% discount on all products

5 years ago

Well if money were no object, that blue ostrich is a stunner.

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