Purses are more than just accessories. They are statements of style, status, and personality. Some purses are so rare, so beautiful, and so coveted that they can cost a fortune. In this article, we’ll take a look at the 10 most expensive purses in the world and what makes them so special.
Marc Jacobs Carolyn Crocodile – $25,000
Marc Jacobs is a famous American designer who has created many iconic purses for his label and Louis Vuitton. One of his most expensive creations is the Carolyn Crocodile, a quilted bag made from crocodile skin and embellished with silver hardware. The bag has a spacious interior, a zippered pocket, and a chain strap. The Carolyn Crocodile is a chic and elegant bag that costs $25,000.
Nancy Gonzalez Porousus Bag – $30,000
Nancy Gonzalez is a Colombian designer who is known for her exotic and colorful purse made from crocodile, python, ostrich, and other rare skins. One of her most expensive purses is the Porousus Bag, a tote bag made from porous crocodile, which is one of the most expensive and rarest types of crocodile in the world. The bag has a simple and classic design, with a magnetic closure, a suede lining, and a zippered pocket. The Porousus Bag is a luxurious and exclusive bag that costs $30,000.
Chanel Diamond Forever Classic Bag – $261,000
Chanel is one of the most prestigious and influential fashion houses in the world, and its purses are among the most desired and expensive in the market. One of its most expensive purses is the Diamond Forever Classic Bag, a flap bag made from alligator leather and adorned with white gold and diamonds. The bag features the iconic Chanel logo, which is made from 334 diamonds totaling 3.56 carats. The bag also comes with a detachable shoulder strap, which can be worn as a necklace or a belt. The Diamond Forever Classic Bag is a dazzling and extravagant bag that costs $261,000.
Hermès Exceptional Collection Shiny Rouge H Porosus Crocodile Birkin – $298,000
Hermès is a French luxury brand that is famous for its Birkin purse, which is named after the actress and singer Jane Birkin. The Birkin purse are handcrafted by skilled artisans, using the finest materials and techniques. The Birkin purses are also very limited and hard to get, which adds to their value and appeal. One of the most expensive Birkin purses is the Exceptional Collection Shiny Rouge H Porosus Crocodile Birkin, a 30 cm bag made from porous crocodile, which is the most expensive and rarest type of crocodile in the world. The bag is also embellished with white gold and diamonds, which are set on the clasp and the lock. The bag was sold at a Christie’s auction in 2011 for $298,000, setting a world record at the time.
Lana Marks Cleopatra Clutch – $100,000 to $400,000
Lana Marks is a South African-born American designer who specializes in exotic leather purses and accessories. Her signature product is the Cleopatra Clutch, a minaudière that is inspired by the ancient Egyptian queen. The Cleopatra Clutch is made from various types of leather, such as alligator, ostrich, and lizard, and is decorated with precious metals and stones, such as gold, silver, platinum, diamonds, rubies, and emeralds. The Cleopatra Clutch is a custom-made and limited-edition product, with only one or two pieces produced each year. The price of the clutch varies depending on the materials and the design, but it can range from $100,000 to $400,000. The most expensive Cleopatra Clutch was made from silver alligator leather and featured a clasp made from 1,500 black and white diamonds. It was sold for $400,000 in 2007.
Hermès Himalaya Birkin – $379,261 to $500,000
The Himalaya Birkin is one of the most coveted and expensive purses in the world. The bag is named after the Himalayan mountains, because of its color gradient that resembles the snow-capped peaks. The bag is made from niloticus crocodile, which is dyed with a special technique that creates the gradient effect. The bag also features palladium or white gold hardware, which may or may not be encrusted with diamonds. The Himalaya Birkin is very rare and limited, and it is considered to be the holy grail of purse collectors. The price of the bag depends on the size, the condition, and the hardware, but it can range from $379,261 to $500,000. The most expensive Himalaya Birkin was sold at a Christie’s auction in 2017 for $500,000, setting a new world record.
Hermès Chaine d’Ancre Bag – $1.4 million
Hermès is not only known for its Birkin purse but also for its other stunning and expensive creations. One of them is the Chaine d’Ancre Bag, a bag that is more like a piece of jewelry than a purse. The bag was designed by Pierre Hardy, the creative director of Hermès’ fine jewelry division, and was part of the Haute Bijouterie collection in 2012. The bag is made from white gold and features over 11,000 diamonds, which are arranged in a chain-like pattern. The bag is a one-of-a-kind piece, and it costs $1.4 million.
Hermès Sac Bijou Birkin – $2 million
Another Hermès masterpiece is the Sac Bijou Birkin, a bag that is also more like a piece of jewelry than a purse. The bag was designed by Pierre Hardy and was part of the Haute Bijouterie collection in 2012. The bag is made from white gold and features over 2,700 diamonds, which are set on the body, the handle, and the clasp. The bag is also a one-of-a-kind piece, and it costs $2 million.
Mouawad 1001 Nights Diamond Purse – $3.8 million
Mouawad is a Swiss and Emirati luxury brand that is known for its jewelry and watches. The brand also created the most expensive purse in the world, according to the Guinness World Records. The purse is called the 1001 Nights Diamond Purse, and it is inspired by the Arabian Nights tales. The purse is made from 18-karat gold and features over 4,500 diamonds, which include colorless, pink, and yellow diamonds. The purse was handcrafted by 10 artisans, who spent 8,800 hours to complete it. The purse was unveiled in 2010, and it cost $3.8 million.
Debbie Wingham Upcycled Easter Egg Purse – $6.7 million
Debbie Wingham is a British designer who is known for her extravagant and expensive creations, such as the world’s most expensive cake, dress, and shoes. She also created the world’s most expensive purse, which is called the Upcycled Easter Egg Purse. The purse is made from an old leather jacket, which was given to her by an anonymous American client. The client also gave her some of her old jewels and scarves, which Wingham used to decorate the purse. The purse features over 8,000 diamonds, which include a 31-carat yellow diamond, a 15-carat white diamond, and a 10-carat pink diamond. The purse also features gold and platinum thread, and a gold chain strap. The purse was made in 2019, and it cost $6.7 million.