Women find love in the most expensive of things. Any slave to fashion knows that a good outfit is completely ruined without a good bag. Purses are a fashion statement. They are also a status statement and pieces of art. Designer bags come in all shapes and sizes and of course at different prices.
Purses are more than just portable daily suitcases. Purses, to many, are more of an art form. In the world of luxury, there really is nowhere but up. As the rich get richer, the poor continue to shop at Wal-Mart. The wealthy have the ability to collect whatever it is they are passionate about. There are numerous purse collectors around the world that possess some of the rarest and most desirable handbags of all time. With different materials, gems, sizes and colours, each of these bags are unique, exclusive and astronomically expensive. The following list is made up of not only the most expensive purses, but also the most exclusive.
Warning: the next article contains beautiful things that most people will never be able to afford. Whoever said money can't buy you happiness has not seen these bags.
12 Louis Vuitton Tribute Patchwork Bag: $52,500
Although it is not the most esthetically pleasing of Louis Vuitton’s bags, this piece is iconic to the brand. This became a status bag in 2007 when Beyonce was seen rocking it. The idea, design and story behind the purse are what makes it unique. Fourteen Louis Vuitton bags were cut up and sewn together to make it (kind of a shame), which is part of the reason they are so pricy.
However, what really makes these bags exclusive is that only five were for sale in North America and twenty-four went on sale worldwide. This is truly a special piece of art and an incredible piece to add to any purse lover’s collection.
11 Hermes Graphite Crocodile Bag: $85,000
Hermes is known for its luxurious products; belts, ties, scarves, bags and more. This specific bag is truly breathtaking. The dark brown crocodile material is glossy and captivating, giving this purse an air of luxury and elegance, as well as an obvious “status.”
This is one of Hermes’ most exclusive and expensive products and it is truly something special. The quality is incomparable and purse collectors around the world strive to get their hands on it. It is both unique and classic, modest and obnoxious, this bag is truly stunning, a dream bag for many fashionistas. Although this bag is sort of unattainable to most, many collectors find them at auctions, for a nice price of around 85 grand.
10 Leiber Precious Rose: $92,000
This expensive piece is a girly girl's dream clutch! This incredible clutch is made with 1,016 diamonds that add up to a total of 42.56 carats, 1,169 pink sapphires and 800 tourmalines. Can you say bling bling?
This bag really has the "wow" factor! However, if you are interested in buying it, you can't and probably wont ever be able to. This bag is so exclusive only one was made and sold even before it launched. Although it is nearly impossible to find who bought this special piece, we can assume it went to someone wealthy. Let's hope this gem found a safe home!
9 Lana Marks Cleopatra Clutch: $100,000
Lana Marks bags have always been known to appear on red carpet events. Angelina Jolie, Helen Miren, Kate Winslet, Charlize Theron and many more A-list celebrities have all been seen wearing her creations. The Cleopatra clutch is very different from her other bags.
This exclusive handbag made its debut in 2012 at the Academy Awards with actresses Janet McTeer and Li BingBing. This exquisitely crafted bag is made out of exotic leathers and studded with diamonds. This clutch is also set in an 18-carat white gold frame and is signed and numbered. Because this bag was a limited edition, it is very hard to get your hands on one of these beauties, even if you have the cash to afford one.
8 Hermes Matte Crocodile Birkin Bag: $120,000
Hermes again! (It wont be the last time either.) As previously mentioned, Hermes is truly iconic for their luxury items, especially their bags. This specific bag is one of their more unique pieces. The body of the bag is crafted from authentic crocodile skin. What makes this different from the Hermes Graphite Crocodile Bag is that it has a clasp that measures 30 centimeters which is covered in diamonds. A total of 10 carats of white diamonds are used on this bag. This is considered one of the most rare and sought after bags in the world.
7 Urban Satchel Louis Vuitton Bag: $150,000
Louis Vuitton has by far the most unique and original ideas when designing bags. The urban satchel is made of the world’s top quality Italian leather. This one of a kind collectable is hand crafted with carefully chosen “urban charms” also known as trash. This symbolic and iconic purse is really artwork.
The unique concept and avant-garde thinking created buzz throughout the fashion industry in 2008. With only fourteen made in the world, they are all made with different “urban charms” and handcrafted in different ways, making each of them technically one of a kind. This is Louis Vuitton’s most exclusive bag, and it is close to impossible to get yourself one!
6 Chanel Diamond Forever Classic Bag: $261,000
Who doesn’t love a Chanel bag? The status, exclusivity and of course quality behind a Chanel purse is undeniable. The Chanel Diamond Forever Classic Bag is probably the most beautifully crafted Chanel bag of all time. This bag launched in 2007, and quickly became one of the most coveted bags in the world. With only thirteen that were available worldwide, this bag is extremely exclusive. Made with 334 diamonds, 18-carat white gold and white alligator skin, this bag will cost you a hefty amount. It's truly a masterpiece for the iconic brand, and is an incredible piece of art that can only be described as elite.
5 The Exceptional Collection Rouge H Porosus Crocodile Handbag: $1.9 million
Part of Hermes’ Exceptional Collection, this bag is ridiculously expensive. Crafted with authentic crocodile skin, this particular red is made less frequently than most of their bags. Developed in 2011, the bag is made up of 18-carat white gold detailing and numerous diamonds, making it an incredible statement piece. This bag has been sold at many auctions to different collectors at different prices, the highest being sold at $1.9 million. Collectors know this is a rare piece that is hard to get. This particular bag is a fan favorite of many fashion lovers and a purse so many women aspire to own.
4 Hermes Birkin Ginza Tanaka Bag: $1.9 million
The Hermes Birkin Ginza Tanaka bag was created by a Japanese designer named Ginza Tanaka in 2008. This incredibly unique bag is crafted out of platinum and is covered by 2,000 diamonds, explaining why it is priced at over a million dollars.
A fun fact about this bag is that it features a stunning diamond strap that can be used as a necklace or bracelet, by simply detaching it from the purse! Also, the 8-carat pear-shaped diamond can be used separately from the bag as well. Hermes lovers and bag collectors around the world know the value and meaning behind a bag like this.
3 Hermes Rose Gold Crocodile or Diamond Birkin and Kelly Bag – $1.9 million
Unlike Hermes' other creations, this bag is almost a bracelet due to its miniature size (it cant even hold a pair of sun glasses). Designed by Pierre Hardy, these bags were made as part of Hermes' Haute Bijouterie collection. Two versions of this bag were created; one is made of intertwining chains covered in 11,000 diamonds, and the other is a rose gold version of the famous Kelly bag which is made with crocodile scales and 1,160 diamonds. This unique piece is the epitome of luxury, offered to only the most elite costumers. With two variations of this breathtaking and exclusive piece, is truly desired by any purse collector.
2 The Hermes Chaine d’Ancre: $2 million
Another piece from Hermes' Haute Bijouterie collection designed by the talented Pierre Hardy. This notoriously talented designer provided a unique look and experience for this particular bag. With numerous white gold studs on the exterior and a total of 1,160 diamonds, which equal to 33.94 carats, this bag is something out of the ordinary. This particular design took Hardy over two years to create and the bag was only produced three times, making it rare and exclusive (and pricey, of course). There is no bag comparable to the Chaine d’Ancre and it's a dream for any bag collector to even see one.
1 Mouawad 1001 Nights Diamond Purse: $3.8 million
This is the world’s most valuable handbag at a whopping $3.8 million…WOW! This heart-shaped bag is handcrafted from 18-carat gold and incorporates 4,517 diamonds, including 105 yellow, 56 pink and 4,356 colorless, for a grand total of 381.92 carats.
The incredibly sophisticated craftsmanship of the bag is not the only thing this powerhouse designer created. Mouawad is also the designer behind the $11 million fantasy bra from Vitoria's Secret. Both are found in the Guinness Book of World Records and are pretty much impossible to own. This is probably the most iconic and exclusive bag any collector can possess.