Long known as a covetable collectibles amongst the rich and famous, Hermes bags have become a status symbol for its owners. Each bag comes with a price tag usually associated with real estate, and a waiting lists of up to five years.
Each bag takes between two days to two years to make by hand by French artisans. So Hermes bags are usually only seen being worn by socialites and celebrities like Victoria Beckham, who is said to own a collection worth around R31 million! The top 5 most expensive Hermes bags are worth multi-millions, read on to find out how high the 5 most expensive Hermes bags’ price tags are, and why.
Hermes Himalayan Crocodile Birkin:
This handbag features 40cm of crocodile skin and its hardware is made of yellow gold. The exotic texture of the bag is made using agate to polish the spots of the ‘saltwater crocodiles’ skin to a ‘Lisse Finish’.
The clasp of the bag is 28cm in length, featuring 10 carats worth of white diamonds, which makes it the 5th most expensive Birkin. In 2016 this Hermes Birkin bag broke global records to become the most expensive bag ever to sell at auction for a record R4 million. That particular bag was made from rare Himalayan crocodile skin with white gold detailing and encrusted with over 200 diamonds, it is so rare that hardly anyone besides celebrities like Kylie Jenner own one.
Ginza Tanaka Crafted Hermes Birkin:
This limited-edition Hermes Birkin bag was designed and handcrafted by the world famous Japanese designer Ginza Tanaka. The body of the bag is completely platinum, skilfully encrusted with 2,000 shimmering diamonds. This gives the bag an appearance of water droplets dripping down the side!
The strap of the bag boasts an 8-carat pear-shaped diamond. What makes the strap extraordinary is that it is detachable and can be worn separately as either a necklace or a bracelet, this turns the bag into a clutch with matching jewellery. So if you have R25 million to spend on a bag, why not treat yourself to an million dollar investment-worthy handbag made of diamond and platinum?
Hermes Rouge Porous Crocodile Handbag: R32 Million
With its striking red colour, porous crocodile skin and 18 carat white gold hardware, this Birkin bag is a definite eye-catcher. If the colour, exotic material and white gold hardware don’t catch your eyes, you will definitely be in awe of the diamond detailing.
Being the only handbag of its kind, its exclusivity makes it become more expensive with each sale, currently worth not less than R32 million.
Hermes Rose Gold Kelly:
This impressive work of art, was made with the help of shoe designer and jeweller Pierre Hardy. The detailed solid rose gold and compilation of 1,160 diamonds took 2 years to manufacture.
The crocodile leather flaps on the bag were made using rose gold, making the bag ultra luxurious yet unique in its design. Only 12 were ever made making it exclusive and collectible. With the amount of diamonds and rose gold, there’s no doubt that this exclusive R34 million Hermes bag, is worth more than its weight in gold.
Hermes Chaine D’Ancre:
Another masterpiece by Pierre Hardy, this bag features elaborate and intricate styling which took the artist two years to make. The bag is adorned with 1,160 diamonds adding up to 33.94 carats.
This bag is part of Hermes Haute Bijouterie collection and only three were ever made, making it a very valuable collectable, sure to increase in value exponentially over time. To own this artwork, you will have to spend over R35 million.
This bag is mostly associated with high-end fashionistas and celebrities, even royalty. So if you want to wow the world with your designer fashion collection, this is one way to achieve celebrity style status.
Buying Hermes in South Africa
In South Africa there is a scarce supply of Hermes, because there isn’t a single Hermes store located in the whole of Africa. So South Africans can only get their hands on Hermes through the pre-owned market.
One of the only places that sources and sells authentic Hermes products is Luxity, which holds the title for the most expensive pre-owned handbag in SA. This was the Hermes Epsom Birkin 35 Menthe, which was sold for R220,000, and had a retail value of R280,000.
Luxity sources and sells on average only one Hermes Birkin Bag a year, so to make sure you are notified when the next one becomes available, create an interest for Hermes Birkins on Luxity and you will be notified as soon as the next one lists.
In the meantime, start investing in our other coveted Hermes beauties, not only are they the most coveted luxury designer goods in SA, but they’re also rare and are sure to make any outfit scream luxury.