How far would you be willing to go for the perfect handbag? Let's face it: for many women out there, leaving the house without one is quite unlikely. They're beautiful, they're practical, and they can make the most boring outfits stand out in a crowd. And we're all pretty familiar with the high-end models out there, which can cost up to thousands and thousands of dollars. Others are so exclusive that some people even have entire collections!
But how expensive can a handbag really be? At the end of the day, it's just a bunch of fabrics stitched together, right? However, if you add some extra "ingredients" and throw a pretty famous brand name in the mix, the price tag will probably increase like crazy. So, let's rank the ten most expensive handbags of all time.
10 SHINY AMÉTHYSTE POROSUS DIAMOND BIRKIN - $160,000
We open this list with what is known as one of the most expensive handbag brands of all time, Birkin. And in good old Birkin style, this beautiful model consists of a purple crocodile skin handbag that would make any purse lover cry.
Of course, it includes white gold details and its fair share of diamond embellishments, which is why it sold for $160,000 at a Christie's auction. And if you think that's a lot, be prepared for some surprises as you make your way down this list!
9 Fuschia Crocodile Birkin - $222,000
Another Birkin, for your pleasure. This particular model is a stunning fuschia crocodile skin handbag that can be pretty much described as the dream of many little girls out there. It's shiny, it's bright pink, and it's luxurious.
Back in 2015, this bag broke the record for the most expensive bag ever sold at auction in Hong Kong, a record that has been broken once again... but more on that later. At the time, this glorious piece was auctioned for a staggering $222,000.
8 Chanel Diamond Forever Bag - $261,000
If you hear the word Channel, you already know you're in for a seriously luxurious and expensive piece. Whether it's apparel, makeup, or perfumes, Channel is one of the most well-known names in fashion. And when the brand launched the Chanel Diamond Forever bag, it stayed true to its nature.
The bag is made out of crocodile skin and includes over three hundred diamonds in its design, as well as an 18-karat gold chain that can be removed and used as a necklace. Whether you find this a fair argument for the price or not, truth is, one of these babies goes for $261,000 - and there's only 13 in the entire world.
7 Blood Red Hermès Braise Crocodile Birkin - $298,000
The Blood Red Hermès Birkin is the second Birkin to be featured on this list, but it's far from the last. This bag sets itself apart due to its stunning red color, plus a handful of gold and diamonds.
Back in 2016, the Blood Red piece broke the record for the most expensive handbag ever sold at auction, a record that Birkin would break once more years later. At the time, it was purchased by an anonymous buyer, who dropped $298,000 on the model.
6 Himalaya Niloticus Crocodile Diamond Birkin - $379,000
Since we're on the topic of breaking records, it seems like a good time to bring up the Himalaya Niloticus Crocodile Diamond Birkin, the current reigning Queen of the most expensive bags ever sold at auction. It sold for a jaw-dropping $379,000 when it was put up for auction.
Of course, its design includes all the things you'd expect from such a bag: diamonds, gold, and crocodile skin. With the added bonus of being extremely rare, since only two are produced every year. We would advise hiring a personal bodyguard for this baby if you ever consider purchasing your own!
5 Lana Marks Cleopatra Bag - $400,000
Can you honestly expect anything short of beautiful, luxurious, and expensive, when an item has the name Cleopatra? That's probably what Lana Marks thought when these bags started being produced since they usually sell for extremely high amounts and are a favorite amongst the rich and famous.
Only one piece is fabricated every year, and the most expensive Cleopatra bag made to date belongs to actress Li Bingbing. Her model features over a thousand diamonds, and her name written in rose gold jewels. The price tag? An incredible $400,000.
4 Hermès Chaine D'Ancre Bag - $1.4 Million
What at first might be an eyebrow-raiser due to its unusual design is actually a pretty avant-garde and exclusive Hermès bag. We understand that it might not make a lot of sense for a bunch of ropes tied together to cost a small fortune ($1.4 million) but the secret is, as usual, the materials and the exclusivity.
The Hermès Chaine D'Ancre bag is encrusted with over a thousand diamonds and represents a very special collaboration with Pierre Hardy. This means only three pieces were ever made, adding even more value to an already expensive item.
3 Hermès Birkin by Ginza Tanaka - $1.4 Million
Did you think that the Himalaya Niloticus Crocodile Diamond Birkin would be the last Birkin featured on this list? Just because it was the most expensive handbag sold at auction doesn't mean it's the most expensive Birkin in the world! Introducing the second to last owner of the title is the Birkin by Ginza Tanaka.
This stunning accessory includes two thousand diamonds, plus a stunning 8 karat detail that you can actually wear as a brooch. In addition to this, the diamond sling can be worn as a necklace or bracelet. Enough idiosyncracies to cost you $1.4 million!
2 2012 Sac Bijou Birkin - $1.9 Million
It might not be the most expensive handbag in the world, but it sure comes close. For now, the 2012 Sac Bijou Birkin can be happy with the fact that it remains, to this day, the most expensive Birkin bag, with a whopping $1.9 million price tag. And for good reason!
With only three models produced and entirely made out of rose gold and diamonds, it's no wonder you're looking at a fortune here. This beauty could easily blind an innocent passer-by, and, of course, ruin your bank account.
1 The 1001 Nights Diamond Purse by Mouawad - $3.8 million
And closing the list of the most expensive handbags in the world is the 1001 Nights Diamond purse by Mouawad. It has held the position in the Guinness World Records for almost a decade now and looking at it, it's no hard to understand why.
It took nearly nine thousand hours to put together this masterpiece, comprised of 18-karat gold, and nearly five thousand diamonds. For $3.8 million dollars, if you're thinking about treating yourself to one of these, we suggest you start saving yesterday.