When women talk about the status symbol, there is one thing on which every classy woman would splurge on, and that is an expensive bag. Expensive purses are a staple for fashionistas. Women can never have enough of it. Whether it was Coach, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Hermes or Prada who made the bag, women will always find a reason why they need one.
For years women routinely shelled out hundreds, sometimes thousands for the bag, but the major price shift to the five figure handbag occurred nearly five years ago when bag makers started offering “signature items”. With this shift came a willingness to spend way more than necessary - and yes – the millions! and the idea that these handbags are not just accessories, but investments and collectibles too.
Read on to learn more about ten most expensive handbags in the world. And start saving your pennies. Or $100 bills. You’ll need them if you want one of these in your closet.
Fendi Selleria Bag – $38,000
10a. Fendi Selleria Bag – $38,000
Fendi Selleria Bag is made from two of the world’s rarest and most expensive animal skins. It is big enough to accommodate a wallet, keys, cellphone and makeup bag.
Marc Jacobs Carolyn Crocodile Handbag – $38,000
10b: Marc Jacobs Carolyn Crocodile Handbag – $38,000
One of Marc Jacobs’ most popular bags, despite the big price tag. It is made with real crocodile skin, which lines and quilts the bag and its pockets.
Gadino Bag by Hilde Palladino – $38,470
9. Gadino Bag by Hilde Palladino – $38,470
This Gadino bag from Norwegian designer Hilde Palladino is made with 39 white diamonds placed into clasps of white goal, and at $38,470, this definitely is up there with the most expensive handbags in the world.
Louis Vuitton Tribute Patchwork Bag – $42,000
8. LV Tribute Patchwork Bag – $42,000
Only 20 of these bags were made and put in Louis Vuitton stores, in Europe, USA and Asia, and the 4 placed within USA shops have already been sold, one of those by Pop singer Beyonce.
Judith Leiber Precious Rose Bag – $92,000
7. Leiber Precious Rose Bag – $92,000
The price of handbags in this list of “Worlds Most Expensive Handbags” is definitely rising fast. This is The Precious Rose handbag, a handbag in the shape of a flower. The bag has 1,016 diamonds total 42.56 carats… 1,169 pink sapphires and 800 tourmaline’s. Only one is available in the world.
Hermes Matte Crocodile Birkin Bag – $120,000
6. Hermes Matte Crocodile Birkin Bag – $120,000
The bag was named after British singer / actress Jane Birkin. The clasps has 10 carats of white diamonds on it, and the bag itself is made from the skin of a crocodile. There are cheaper versions of this bag starting from $5,000, but this handbag is definitely one of the worlds most expensive handbags.
Louis Vuitton Urban Satchel Bag – $150,000
5. Urban Satchel Louie Vuitton Bag – $150,000
This Louis Vuitton Urban Satchel Bag is created from all sorts of junk… from cigarette packets, water bottles and even tea bags. There is a rumor that this handbag doesn’t actually exist, but the creator is yet to confirm or deny. Either way, if this is real, it is on of the worlds most expensive handbags, despite looking like a pile of trash.
Lana Marks Cleopatra Bag – $250,000
4. Lana Marks Cleopatra Bag – $250,000
Lana Marks produces one Cleopatra Clutch bag each year. It is made from metallic silver alligator skin, with a clasp of 1,500 black and white diamonds in 18 carat white gold. Helen Mirren is a proud owner of one of these, and worse one to the Academy Awards in 2007.
Chanel “Diamond Forever” Classic Handbag – $261,000
3. The Chanel “Diamond Forever” Classic Handbag – $261,000
Adorned with 3.56 carats made up of 334 diamonds and 18 carat white gold hardware, the price tag on this beauty is a staggering $261,000! The “Diamond Forever” Classic Handbag, holds a massive retail value, but for a reason. The shoulder straps are also made from white gold. There are only 13 available worldwide, with five of them being made and sold in the USA.
Hermès Platinum Birkin bag – $1.9 million
2a. The Hermès Birkin bag created by Japanese designer Ginza Tanaka – $1.9 million
We all know a Hermès Birkin bag is for the richest of the richest only as one bag starts at $9,000.bag can also be used separately. Japanese designer Ginza Tanaka created the “Hermès Platinum Birkin bag” that was sold in 2008 for about $1.9 million as well. The bag case is made of 100% platinum and has over 2,000 diamonds. It has a diamond strap which can also be worn as a necklace or bracelet, by removing it from the bag. This is certainly one of the worlds most expensive handbags, and up until recently, held the title of “Worlds Most Expensive Handbag”.
Hermès Kelly Rose Gold & Diamonds bag by Pierre Hardy – $1.9 million
2b. Hermès Birkin and Kelly bags by Pierre Hardy – $1.9 million
Victoria Beckham might think twice before purchasing the newest Hermès Birkin and Kelly bags. Hermès has outdone itself in 2012, by creating four one-of-a-kind Birkins and Kellys that are set to retail for an eye-watering $1.9million each.
The gold bags were designed by none other than shoe and jewelry designer Pierre Hardy and are made from gold and thousands of precious stones. The rose gold Kelly bag contains 1,160 diamonds, and took Pierre Hardy two years to make. The Birkin version (which comes in pink and white gold) is set with 2,712 diamonds (a staggering 90 carats). Both pieces stand around six inches high and can be carried as a small purse with a detachable black strap, used as a tiny evening clutch or worn as a bracelet.
Mouawad 1001 Nights Diamond Purse – Most Expensive Handbag in the world – $3.8 million
1. The Mouawad’s 1001 Nights Diamond Purse – $3.8 million
Crowned by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s most expensive, the Mouawad’s 1001 Nights Diamonds Purse is valued at $3.8 million. The heart-shaped bag is encrusted with more than 4,517 diamonds – 105 yellow, 56 pink and 4,356 colorless. The diamonds on the bag weigh a whopping total of 381.92 carats. The bag was handcrafted from 18-carat gold. It took 10 artisans, working over a period of four months, an incredible 1,100 hours to create the purse.
The Mouawad name may be best known for the firm’s collaboration with Victoria’s Secret in the past decade to produce jewelry-bedecked lingerie, including the $11 million “Very Sexy Fantasy Bra” sporting a 70-carat diamond, modeled in 2003 by Heidi Klum.
Mouawad also designed the fifth most expensive bra – $11M Victoria Secret Very Sexy Fantasy Bra – Heidi Klum – 2003
That earned it a citation in the Guinness record book as maker of the world’s most expensive piece of underwear — one of three such mentions in the Guinness book, including a 1990 citation for The Mouawad Splendor, the most expensive single pear-shaped diamond, and a 2010 entry for the world’s most expensive handbag, the Mouawad 1001 Nights Diamond Purse.
The luxury jewellery brand was founded by David Mouawad in 1890. Celebrities including Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lopez, Gisele Bundchen, Janet Jackson and Mariah Carey have all worn Mouawad jewels - but we have yet to see whether any of them will be entrusted with this record-breaking piecepurse with a detachable black strap, used as a tiny evening clutch or worn as a bracelet.
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