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  • BIRKIN BAG BY HERMES TOPS CHRISTIE’S ON-LINE COUTURE AUCTION

    A bleu electrique Birkin bag by Hermès, 2011 was the top lot at Christie’s vintage couture on-line auction of handbags and shoes. A private bidder in the US paid £22,500 over a pre-sale estimate of £5,000-8,000.  The sale, which ran for two weeks from November 16 to November 30, brought in £255,500 and was 76% sold by lot and 99% by value.
    In a statement afterwards Clare Borthwick, Associate Specialist and Patricia Frost, International Specialist and Director, Vintage Couture and Handbags said: “We are very pleased with the results for the launch of Christie’s Vintage Couture online-only series. The quality craftsmanship and classic silhouette of Hermès bags continues to appeal internationally. Led by an electric blue bag (Lot 13), the bright and unusual colours of the most modern Birkins proved the most popular and commanded the highest prices, more than doubling their pre-sale estimates. Also of note was the price achieved for Chanel’s re-issued 2.55 bag, demonstrating that interest in this market also extends to other brands (Lot 52). Within the shoe offering the top lot was a pair of sandals by Christian Louboutin for Yves Saint Laurent which were limited edition with leather and diamanté ‘YSL’ logo and red soles from 2002 which realised £563 (Lot 51).”
    Bidders were from 36 countries and 55% of those who registered were new to Christie’s. The next on-line only series of vintage couture sales at Christie’s will be held in May 2013.

    This bleu electrique and thalassa epsom leather candy Birkin bag by Hermès, 2011made £22,500.

    These Christian Louboutin sandals for Yves Saint Laurent made £563.

    This silver metallic Chanel bag c2007 made £4,375.

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