The Most Expensive Second-Hand Hermès Handbags

Categories: Designer Handbags.

We’re no longer surprised when a designer Hermès bag fetches up to 10x of its original value when it’s sold second-hand. After all, Hermès bags are famed for growing in value over time.

However, even we are still surprised when we hear the kind of figures these beautiful second-hand bags go for in the auction/pre-owned market.

This is reason enough for us to take a look at the top most expensive second-hand Hermès handbags.

Brighton Blue Porosus Crocodile Birkin Bag with Palladium Hardware:

This vibrant blue bag with Palladium hardware – a very rare silvery-white metal – was auctioned by Heritage Auctions in 2011.

Price in Dollars: $113,525.00

Price in Rand: R1 347 797.70

Cerise Pink Hermès Birkin

This diamond encrusted Birkin bag was sold at a Christie’s auction in Hong Kong and was purchased by a telephonic buyer who wished to remain anonymous.

Price in Dollars: $221,840.00

Price in Rand: R2 626 870.98

Rouge Hermès Birkin

This bold Birkin bag comes accompanied with a diamond and 18k gold hardware, which is likely why it sold for such a high price at auctions. In 2016, at the Heritage Auctions, this beauty was snatched up by a discreet buyer who chose to remain anonymous.

Price in Dollars: $200,000.00

Price in Rand: R2 368 265.25

White Crocodile Birkin

This highly coveted white crocodile diamond Birkin 30 with diamonds and 18k white gold hardware was sold by Christie’s in Hong Kong.

Price in Dollars: $300,000.00

Price in Rand: R3 552 397.87

White Crocodile Birkin #2

This white crocodile skin handbag with 10 carats worth of embedded diamonds and 19 karat gold is the most expensive handbag ever sold! It was yet another Christie sell in 2017.

Price Dollars: $410,063.94

Price in Rand: R4 854 152.39


While the above bags all feature to exotic skins and precious metals, a couple of months ago a new kind of record was established: a non-exotic Birkin broke the six-figure price ceiling:

Metallic Bronze Chevre Leather Birkin Bag

This highly coveted bag was only made one year (2005) which adds to its price point. Furthermore, Hermès hasn’t produced many metallic Birkins which makes the current ones, sometimes, even more difficult to find than the exotic skins.

Price Dollars: $117,394.00

Price in Rand: R1 387 857.69

As Hermès doesn’t have an official store in South Africa, it can be even more difficult to get your hands on a Kelly or a Birkin here than anywhere else in the world.

However, if you do dream of owning an original Hermès handbag one day, at Luxity we often receive highly coveted Hermès items on the regular and actually sold a gorgeous Kelly bag for R150,000.00 in 2017!

We can’t wait to see which Hermès beauty will grace our store next – make sure you’re following our social media channels closely for a glimpse before its sold!

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    R 220,000.00 R 50,000.00
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    HERMES Epsom Kelly Longue Wallet Navy

    R 54,000.00 R 38,000.00
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    HERMES Clemence Lindy 34 Blue Jean

    R 130,000.00 R 70,000.00
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    HERMES Leather Swift Post It Notepad Holder PM Red

    R 7,000.00 R 3,000.00
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    HERMES Crocodile Leather Zip Around Ring Agenda Grey

    R 118,000.00 R 70,000.00
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    HERMES Leather Over The Knee Platform Boots Brown – S: 39 (6)

    R 23,000.00 R 15,000.00
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    HERMES Vachette Pouchette and Hoof Pick Blue/Red

    R 6,000.00 R 4,500.00
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