most expensive handbags
Hermes Matte Crocodile Birkin Bag
. The Birkin: is it the Holy Grail of all handbags? For many, yes. Yes it is. The Birkin typically costs around $20k, but if you really want to splurge, go for the Hermes Matte Crocodile Birkin Bag. At a mere $120,000, its much less expensive than Chanels Diamond Forever. A bargain! The 10 carats of diamonds encrusted on the Birkins hardware certainly add a nice bit of bling.
Chanel Diamond Forever Bag
. Chanel bags are definitely pricey even the lowestpriced bags run well into the hundreds of dollars. But theyre nothing compared to the famed designers Diamond Forever purse. This bag, which retails for $261,000, features more than 3.5 carats of diamonds. Oh, and the hardware? White gold.
Leiber Precious Rose
. Want to get more bling for your bucks? Check out Leibers Precious Rose handbag. This tiny little thing features more than 42 carats of jewels, including diamonds (of course), pink sapphires and tiny tourmalines, giving it a lovely pink shade, all in the shape of a positively perfect flower. If you want this, know its the ONLY one so if you drop the $92,000 to get it, at least you know you wont see anyone else carrying it.
Fendi B Bag
. Ah, Fendi. Any selfrespecting high end handbag hoarder simply must have a Fendi B. Bag in heavy rotation. At $27,700, this gorgeous bag comes in white lambskin, black crocodile and several other designs. Beautiful
Fuchsia Diamond Encrusted Crocodile Skin Birkin Bag
. ThisFuchsia DiamondEncrusted Crocodile Skin Birkin Bag just becamethe most expensive handbag ever sold at auction at
Ginza Tanaka Birkin Bag
. This bag comes with a diamond sling that can be worn as a bracelet or necklace, thus making it one of the most expensive twoinone pieces of all time. (Its $1.9 million). For this beautiful piece Hermes partnered with iconic Japanese designer Ginza Tanaka. The bag is quite an expensive take on the traditional Birkin, combining platinum, 2,000 diamonds, and a pearshaped 8karat stone that can also be removed and worn as a brooch.
. If you were willing to drop $43,150 on this oversized black crocodile skin tote, you would have been one of only eight in the world to own it.
Nancy Gonzalez Porousus Bag
. This $30,000 is made with rare, almost uniformly scaled crocodile skin. You can also customize the color, skin, and hardware to match any of your ensembles.
Devi Kroell Alligator Hobo
. Carry around your much less expensive laptop in this $28,990 hobo from Devi Kroell. There are even internal pockets to store your pens and pencils, and hundred dollar bills. The soft triangular shape gets its price because of the scales that are nearuniform in size. Not to mention that gorgeous golden color!
Special Order Horseshoe
. This beautiful bag defines color blocking. The starting bid on this bag at the900Lot Heritage Auctions Holiday Luxury Auction took place in Dallas, Texas was$7000. It ended up going for $35,000.
Dandelion Suede Gator
. This bright dandelion bag could brighten any girls day! This $15,000 has two external pockets and a clasp made of 18carat gold just to make it even more stunning. Only four were made.
. This bag is so amazing it has its own feet! Thisoneofakind Hermes handbagsold for$125,000 at the900Lot Heritage Auctions Holiday Luxury Auction took place in Dallas, Texas. Made of matte crocodile and Togo leather, its believed to have been created in 2010 aspart of a Hermes Petit H Exhibition. The project sought to gather numerous rare materials and fabrics to be transformed into amazing pieces by the worlds best craftsmen. Wed say this piece ac
Geranium Kelly Cut Clutch Bag
. Just because its small, that doesnt mean it costs less. This Hermes Shiny Geranium Nilo Crocodile Kelly Cut Clutch Bag with Permabrass Hardware was called the ultimate clutch at the900Lot Heritage Auctions Holiday Luxury Auction took place in Dallas, Texas. Complete withrose gold detailing, it sold for $28,750.
Himalayan Crocodile Birkin bag
. This bag is one part Nilocroc skin, one part white gold, and one part diamonds and comes in at$432,000. The color, which takes hours to complete, is meant to evoke theHimalayan mountains and pairs perfectly with 18karat white gold hardware. Naturally, the hardware is studded with white diamonds.
Louis Vuitton Urban Satchel
. Louis Vuitton takes a turn for the trash bin with this bag thats made ofwater bottles, cigarette packs, and chewing gum wrappers. Just make sure you dont accidentally throw this one in the garbage. Itd be like throwing away $120,000. Thats a whole nother meaning to dumpster diving.
Hilde Palladino Gadino
. Looking for a less flashy, more simplistic design in your ridiculously expensive handbags line? Go for Norwegian designer Hilde Palladinos Gadino bag. At just under $38,500, this white bag features nearly 40 diamonds in the hardware specifically, on the clasps. Yep, a steal right?
. Fendi definitely makes some of the worlds most soughtafter and expensive handbags, and the Selleria is no exception. At $38,000, the Fendi Selleria leather tote is hand sewn, with exquisite attention to detail.
Marc Jacobs Delray
. Big fan of Marc Jacobs handbags, you say? The Delray shoulder bag is a stunner. It retails for $2,350. Once you wait for the sticker shock to wear off, consider how truly gorgeous this bag is: Blush leather, spectacular pink pailette embellishment, gold hardware just sublime! This one is worth hunting for if youre in the market for a colorful bag to call your very own.
Lana Marks Cleopatra
. As far as clutches go, they are often a bit less pricey than larger handbags. Not this clutch by Lana Marks, no no. The Cleopatra bag costs an astounding $100k. The jewelencrusted, alligator clutch features approximately 1500 diamonds (including black diamonds). Definitely eyecatching. And expensive. You might want to handcuff this clutch to your wrist. Just in case.
House of Mouawad 1001 Nights Diamond Purse
. Think your new Birkin bag beats all? Think again. Its a grocery bag compared to the House of Mouawads 1001 Nights Diamond Purse. This diamondencrusted gem of a handbag is officially THE most expensive handbag, according to the Guinness Book ofWorld Records. Its made of 18 kt gold and its encrusted with more than 4,500 diamonds. This insanely gorgeous bag will set you back $3.8 million. If you get this one, be sure to splurge for the armed guard
Marc Jacobs Carolyn Crocodile
. Marc Jacobs makes some gorgeous handbags, no doubt. And some very, very expensive ones. The Jacobs Carolyn Crocodile comes to mind. At $30k, this crocodile bag was a hot, hot item a few years ago.
Louis Vuitton Raindrop Besace
. Louis Vuittons Raindrop Besace handbags give new meaning to the term trashbag purse. For a mere $1,960, you too can have your very own Vuitton Raindrop Besace. A plus? These pricey bags are waterproof. So when you realize youve just dropped nearly $2k on a designer trash bag, the tears wont mar the purse.
. Want to show off oh, say 15 different Louis Vuitton bag patterns at once? Got $42,000 to spare? Vuittons Patchwork bag is for you, you crazy bag person you! Only 20 were made...so you might need to do some serious wheeling and dealing to get one of your very own.
New Age Traveler
. Planning on backpacking in style this summer? If you really want to stand out, bring your Louis Vuitton New Age Traveler backpack with you. Yes, this strange bag, which features lots and lots of phone cables hanging from it, is just perfect to carry your...well, maybe not. At nearly $55k, this bag probably isnt meant to carry your bottled water and granola bars.
Extravagance Redefined Lavish Designer Handbags
. Could you spend $100,000 on a little black purse? Forbes went in search of the worlds most expensive designer handbags and found a new level of extravagance. Full Story How about a diamondstudded black crocodile bag? Click through the gallery to see the worlds most expensive handbags.
HERMES POROSUS BIRKIN
. This crocodile bag is bedecked with white gold and diamond hardware. It was sold byHeritage Auctionsin 2011 for $203,150, a world record price for a handbag.
FENDI ASTRAKHAN TOTE
. What is more luxurious than shiny fur on your handbag? ThisFenditote ($7,300,fendi.com) seamlessly combines it with patent leather.
. Orranas line of clutches are covered in crocodile or fur, and topped with precious gemstones. This one has 1.07 carats of diamonds, set in white gold ($18,000,orrana.com)
. This bag was designed by Aldo Gucci, the son of the founder of the company, and is made of 18K gold and diamonds. It comes with a set of interchangeable silk tassels. It was sold byHeritage Auctionsfor $40,000 in 2012.
BULGARI DIVA BAG
. This crocodile top handle bag ($22,900,bulgari.com) is topped with a signatureBulgariSerpenti snake closure, which is covered in gold and has jade eyes.
. Cartierstarted making handbags in the 1920s, they were covered with diamonds and gemstones. This one, from 1927, has an intricately carved jade clasp.
PLATINUM EVENING BAG
. This Belle Epoque bag from 1911 (soon to be auctioned atChristies) is made of platinum mesh and decorated with a diamond monogram. The frame shape is a natural evolution from the reticules of the 19th century, drawstring fabric handbags popularized by Empress Josephine.
. Embellished bags were carried by women during the Renaissance to hold scented herbs used to cover unpleasant smells. This one, from the 16th century, is part of theMet Museumscollection and it is elaborately decorated with bright silk and threads made of gold and silver.
The Hermes Chaine d Ancre
. $2 million Another piece from Hermes Haute Bijouterie collection designed by the talented Pierre Hardy. This notoriously talented designer provided a unique look and experience for this particular bag. With numerous white gold studs on the exterior and a total of 1,160 diamonds, which equal to 33.94 carats, this bag is something out of the ordinary. This particular design took Hardy over two years to create and the bag was only produced three tim
Hermes Rose Gold Crocodile or Diamond Birkin and Kelly Bag
. Unlike Hermes other creations, this bag is almost a bracelet due to its miniature size (it cant even hold a pair of sun glasses). Designed by Pierre Hardy, these bags were made as part of Hermes Haute Bijouterie collection. Two versions of this bag were created;one is made of intertwining chains covered in 11,000 diamonds, and the other isa rose gold version of the famous Kelly bag which is made with crocodile scales and 1,160 diamonds. This uniq