Fashion can be a lot of things, but when it’s at its very best, it’s about fantasy. We all have bags in the backs of our minds that we’d love to see in our closets, and for many of us, those bags are exotics, special orders or hard-to-find pieces from brands whose wares are extremely scarce to begin with. If that describes you, your spring handbag holy grail might be in Christie’s May Handbag Shop, open now.

You might be most familiar with Christie’s luxury handbag auctions, but the legendary house also offers up pre-owned bags and accessories for direct, set-price purchase online, no bidding, waiting or commission fees required. May’s selection includes almost three dozen pieces from Hermès, Chanel and Louis Vuitton, including an incredibly rare Horseshoe Hermes Birkin in bicolor crocodile. Beyond exotics and rarities, the shop also includes excellent everyday bags in a variety of beautiful spring colors.

Christie’s uses an extremely keen eye to curate its bags from the best collections in the world, and many of the pieces in the shop are in like-new condition; some even retain protective plastic on the hardware. Below, check out a selection of our favorites, or head directly to Christie’s to shop the full edit.

Hermès Special Order Horseshoe Stamp Bicolor Birkin in Shiny Vert Emeraude & Bleu Izmir Crocodile, 30cm
$95,000 via Christie’s


Hermès Collier de Chien Bracelet in Shiny Blue Izmir Alligator
$2,750 via Christie’s


Hermès Birkin Bag in Rouge Pivoine Clemence Leather, 30cm
$19,500 via Christie’s


Hermès Birkin Bag in Matte Sanguine Alligator, 30cm
$66,500 via Christie’s


Chanel Jumbo Double Flap Bag in Python
$7,500 via Christie’s


Hermès Constance Bag in Orange H Swift Leather, 18cm
$13,500 via Christie’s


Hermès Kelly Pochette in Capucine Swift Leather
$9,750 via Christie’s


Hermès Lindy Bag in Matte Pelouse Crocodile, 30cm
$37,500 via Christie’s


Hermès Birkin Bag in Gris Tourterelle Ostrich, 30cm
$34,500 via Christie’s


Hermès Retourne Kelly Bag in Lagoon Swift Leather and Toile, 32cm
$8,500 via Christie’s



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