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The Jaw-Dropping Selection of Bags at Christie’s Latest Online Auction

The online New York Edit features the most incredible selection of Hermès' most desirable bags

Several times a year, Christie’s Auction House hosts a sale of luxury handbags, usually (and at times exclusively) dominated by Hermès bags. At least twice a year, the sale is based in New York, and if we’re lucky, we get to preview the bags in person.

Christie’s current sale, Handbags Online: The New York Edit, ends tomorrow, June 13. After seeing the amazing selection in person, I must commend the House for a truly impressive and varied selection. Do not miss this; it is definitely worth a look!

Kellymorphose Lot 97: A White Matte Himalaya Niloticus Crocodile Birkin 35 PHW; Lot 81: A White Matte Himalaya Niloticus Crocodile Retourne Kelly 28 PHW. Photo via Christie's.

There are many very desirable handbags on offer this time around; here are a few highlights:

5P Pink Matte Alligator Mini Kelly II

Lot 16: A 5P Pink Matte Alligator Mini Kelly 20 II PHW

Placed in a special display case at the front of the auction display is this small but perfect Matte Alligator Mini Kelly II in the much-loved 5P Pink color.

Kelly Morphose Sac Bijou d’Argent

Lot 113: A Rare Sterling Silver Kellymorphose Sac Bijou dArgent Mini Kelly 2. Photo via Christie's.

The Kelly Morphose is an exciting piece. It is at once both a functioning handbag and a piece of jewelry, as it is constructed of sterling silver and can be worn as a necklace. Christie’s essay on this piece explains the history and highlights some details.

Birkin Rock 25

Lot 132 Black Volupto Leather Rock Birkin 25 PHW

A newer Object of Desire is the Birkin Rock, a limited edition bag produced for AW23.

Quelle Idole Picto

Lot 87 Nata Mauve Sylvestre Chai Lime Epsom Leather Quelle Idole Picto PHW

This Quelle Idole Picto – an updated version of the Quelle Idole bag – was produced in 2022 and, although tiny, is both functional and adorable.

So Black Kelly Pochette

Lot 134 Black Boxcalf Leather So Black Kelly Pochette with PVD Hardware. Photo via Christie's.

The So Black Kelly Pochette features rarely-seen PVD hardware from Gauthier’s final 2010 collection. As Max Brownawell (the Head of Christie’s Handbags in NY) describes in the lot essay, it is that “unique blend of edgy sophistication and timeless design” that truly resonates with many Hermès collectors.

Birkin 30 Himalaya

Lot 97: A White Matte Himalaya Niloticus Crocodile Birkin 35 PHW

The Himalaya cannot be overestimated: even for those who live for handbags and have seen these many times over, the unique, eye-catching combination of white ombrè to brown and perfect scales never fails to make the heart beat a bit faster (or stop it completely). This sale has both this gorgeous 30cm Birkin and a 28cm Kelly available.

Black Shiny Porosus Crocodile Diamond Birkin 25

Lot 140 Black Shiny Porosus Crocodile Diamond Birkin 25 with 18k White Gold Diamond Hardware. Photo via Christie's.

The Grande Dame of the auction must be this stunner: a Black Shiny Porosus Crocodile Birkin 25 with Diamond Hardware.

Scroll through the gallery below to view more highlights, including three Birkin Faubourgs, a Cargo Birkin, a Mini Kelly Picnic, a Kelly Flat, and other beautiful pieces.

Lots 188, 93 and 38: Birkin Faubourg 20s in Bleu Marine, Beton and Ébène

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Cin
Cin
1 month ago

The Birkin Himalaya is not 35, it’s a 30

Anna Brochard
Anna Brochard
14 days ago

Desirability is relative. Some folks paid a lot of money to Christies in seller’s fees to get rid of those bags.