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Hermès Birkin rakes in over $2 mn at auction to become second most expensive handbag

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A rare and exceptional, Matte Himalaya Niloticus crocodile diamond Birkin 35 with 18k white gold & diamond hardware sold for £236,750 in December 2018. (Image: Christie’s)
LONDON [UK]: Hermès Birkin, one of the world's most expensive handbags in the world, has been sold at USD 206,111 at a Christie's auction here.

The 2015 Himalaya niloticus crocodile Birkin 35 crossed the predicted price of 114,162 to 88,793 USD. With this, the bag has become the second most expensive handbag, reported Telegraph.

Named after the actor and singer Jane Birkin, Birkin bags are extremely expensive. Even the title for the most expensive bag is held by the company. The Matte Himalaya Niloticus Crocodile Birkin 35 with 18k White Gold and Diamond Hardware was sold at USD 300,322 in 2018.

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In 2016, Sotheby's had a manuscript by Ludwig van Beethoven up for auction. The single-page manuscript was described as the "Autograph manuscript of the 'Allegretto' in B minor for string quartet (WoO 210), composed for an English visitor to Vienna in 1817". It has the words "composed and written by Beethoven himself November 29, 1817 at Vienna" inscribed on it. The manuscript was expected to fetch about 200,000 pounds. The auction house made a statement that there were no takers because of a Beethoven scholar's claim that the manuscript was not authentic. Image: Sotheby's
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"We are delighted with the results of today's handbags and accessories auction, which reflects the maturing market for handbags around the world," said Rachel Koffsky, Christie's head of handbags and accessories in London.

"With a full saleroom, a packed phonebank, and bidding from across the globe, the auction demonstrates the international demand for collectable and rare handbags," he added.

Bidders from around 41 countries took part in the auctions hosted by famous- British auction house, Christie, on Tuesday.

Other items on sale that received well over their expected price included a 2017 Chanel black lucite and crystal rocket ship evening bag.
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