A second-hand Hermes Birkin bag has sold for £162,500 ($217,144) in London, a new European record for the most expensive handbag sold at auction. The 2008 Himalaya Birkin, with an 18-carat white gold diamond encrusted lock, exceeded its list price of £100,000 – £150,000 on Tuesday. The record for a bag sold at auction – also a Hermes Birkin – is £253,700 ($380,000), set in Hong Kong in 2017.
It is the “undisputed most valuable bag in the world,” Christie’s said.
It was first time the bag had been offered in a European auction, said Matthew Rubinger, international director at the auctioneers. The 10-year-old niloticus crocodile bag was said to be in “grade 2 condition” – with no obvious flaws. It measures just 30cm wide – smaller than the original Birkin handbag – and is made from nilo crocodile hide and features diamonds.
Kim Kardashian, Victoria Beckham and Celine Dion are among those to be spotted with the rare Himalaya on their arm, while many more celebrities count other Birkins as part of their collections.
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Book of Mormon sets new record for most expensive manuscript ever sold. Founding text of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints returned to followers of Joseph Smith for $35m. The printer’s manuscript of the Book of Mormon has been sold to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) for $35m, setting what is believed to be a new record for the most expensive manuscript ever sold.
Most expensive Koran – world record set by the oldest copy. A Koran written in 1203, believed to be the oldest known complete copy, has sold for $2.33 million at an auction. The holy book, which had been estimated to sell for up to $715,000, fetched $2,327,300 at Tuesday’s auction in London, Christie’s said.
The Gutenberg Bible. There are 48 Gutenberg Bibles left of the original 180 believed to have been produced. They were printed in 1456 and were the first books produced with moveable type. A copy sold in 1987 for $4.9 million at Christie’s New York.