This handbag just sold for nearly £293,000, becoming the most expensive in the world

source
Christie’s

A 2014 Hermès Birkin handbag has just become the most expensive in the world, selling for 2,940,000 HKD (£292,994 or $377,317) at a Hong Kong auction.

Called “exceptional” by Christie’s auction house, the matte white handbag made of “Himalaya Niloticus” crocodile skin has 18 karat white gold and VVS clarity diamond hardware on the fastener.

It was estimated to sell for between 1,500,000 (£149,431) and 2,000,000 HKD (£199,241), but was sold for above its asking price at 2,940,000 HKD (£292,994) to an anonymous buyer.

The handbag comes with a clochette, lock and keys, two dustbags, a leather pouch, a ribbon, and two boxes.

This isn’t the first time a Birkin has drawn attention at an auction house.

In June 2015, a similar fuscia crocodile model of the bag sold for $221,763 (£172,203) at Christie’s Hong Kong. Before that, the auction record for a handbag was $203,150 (£157,750), for another Birkin bag at an auction in New York in 2011, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Last year, a study from Baghunter showed that over the past 35 years, Birkin bags have increased in value by over 500%. Never decreasing over the years, while gold and the S&P 500 have, the study said that the Birkin was a “historically safer investment than a stock market.”