Diamond Birkin Expected to Break 2011 Auction Record
09-23-2014 20:14 BJT CNTV LIVE A Hermes handbag could fetch a record amount at auction on Tuesday. The diamond and white gold encrusted handbag is expected to go for more than US$150,000 and possibly even break a record set in 2011.
The limited edition bag was on display in Beverly Hills on Monday. This particular handbag is better known as a Birkin bag, named after actress Jane Birkin. It features a subtle coloration, in Nilo Crocodile in a style the auction catalog says "evokes images of the Himalayan mountains." The bag is adorned with 18K white gold and studded with 8.2 carat diamonds.
A similar diamond Birkin purse went for US$203,150 at a 2011 auction. The sale of the Birkin is part of Heritage Auction's luxury accessories auction, which includes 480 handbags from Chanel, Louis Vuitton and other top designers.