Christie’s accessories sale stars Hermès handbags Nov. 17

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Matte White Himalaya Niloticus Crocodile Birkin 25 with Palladium Hardware. Christie’s image

LONDON – Christie’s Handbags and Accessories online auction presents a selection of the most desirable, collectible and rare handbags, luggage and accessories. This curated sale features an item for every discerning collector, with estimates from £200 to £80,000, and many lots offered without reserve. Bidding continues through Nov. 17. View the fully illustrated catalog on LiveAuctioneers.

The top lot of the auction is a rare Hermès 2020 Matte White Himalaya Niloticus Crocodile Birkin 25 with Palladium hardware (estimate: £60,000-£80,000). Named after the delicate gradation of color that resembles the majestic, snow-capped mountains of the Himalayas, these handbags represent the ultimate expression of the artistry and tradition of the storied Hermès house, recognized by collectors around the world for their rarity and exquisite craftsmanship.

Further highlights include custom Hermès rarities including a 2018 Étain Swift Leather Kelly Lakis 28 with gold hardware (estimate: £8,000-£10,000) and a 2020 Rose Pourpre and Malachite Togo Leather Birkin 25 with brushed gold hardware (estimate: £6,000-£8,000).

From Louis Vuitton, iconic pieces from the late 19th and early 20th centuries include a rare Hermetic Explorer’s Zinc Cabin Trunk from the 1890s (estimate: £40,000-£50,000). Designed for the most intrepid of explorers, Louis Vuitton’s early adoption of new lightweight materials and technologies helped assert his dominance in the travel-trunk market.

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Zinc Explorer Trunk, Louis Vuitton, 1890s. Christie’s image

In addition to filing patents for special hinges and clasps, Vuitton was the first to make a flat-top trunk that could be stacked. The auction also includes examples of the Louis Vuitton Malle Fleurs, including a beautiful monogram canvas trunk from the 1920s (estimate: £15,000-£20,000). Representing an iconic moment in the history of Louis Vuitton, Flower Trunks were introduced in the early 20th century as gifts for the most exclusive clients of the house. The trunks included a zinc liner to allow flowers and water to be placed inside, without causing any damage to the trunk.

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White Lucite and Crystal Lego Clutch, Chanel, 2014. Christie’s image

For the holiday season, the auction presents the perfect Chanel pieces for added winter sparkle, including a 2014 White Lucite and Crystal Lego Clutch (estimate: £2,000-£3,000), a 2018 Lime Sequin Mini Single Flap with silver hardware (estimate: £1,000-£2,000) and a 2018 Clear Plexi Glass Chain Bag with rainbow hardware (estimate: £3,000-£4,000).


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