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The Hermès Himalaya, the holy grail of handbags, is hitting the auction block

Do you love a handbag with top-quality craftsmanship, unique design and a story to tell? If so, you’re in for a real treat this month as Christie’s presents its spring Handbags & Accessories sale in Hong Kong, featuring 237 lots of the world’s most coveted handbags and accessories. Created by luxury houses with rich, fascinating histories — including Louis VuittonDelvaux, Hermès, Chanel and Gucci — these rarities are guaranteed to be some of the hottest items hitting the auction block this season.

Hermès Himalaya
The Hermès Himalaya is considered to be the holy grail of all handbag collections. This Birkin version above (Lot 3924) is estimated at HK$600,000–$800,000.

Of particular note: This season, Christie’s is selling not one but three of what’s considered be the holy grail of handbags: the Hermès Himalaya. Whether it’s in the Birkin or Kelly design, with or without diamond hardware, the Himalaya has always been at the very top of every collector’s wish list due to its scarcity and captivating beauty. The collection is extremely rare because of the painstaking process and top-tier craftsmanship required to turn smoky-grey Nile crocodile into a pearly white shade, with result that resembles the mesmerising, snow-capped Himalayas, hence the name. Looking for a different Birkin? No problem. Christie’s is auctioning a total of 75 different Birkin bags with an astonishing variety of colours and designs.

A pioneer in luxury trunk-making, Louis Vuitton has been transforming luggage into exceptional collectibles since 1850, and Christie’s will be bringing two exceptional examples to the auction block this month. One is an extremely rare brass Explorer Trunk from 1888 (a precious aluminium version from 1892 was sold at a record-breaking price in London last year); the other is the blockbuster limited-edition leather trunk created in collaboration with iconic street label Supreme. Both are evidence of the house’s extraordinary journey in trunk-making that will surely excite collectors near and far.

Christie's - Chanel Karl Lagerfeld
Christie’s will pay special tribute to legendary fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld by offering some of his runway pieces at its upcoming sale. (Clockwise from left: Lots 3842, 3823 and 3825)

Legendary fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, whose recent passing left the fashion industry in grief and disbelief, was known for his borderless creativity and imagination. One of his many celebrated works was a series of fresh, fun and fashionable Chanel handbags inspired by ordinary objects from legos to hula hoops, as well as emblematic symbols of the brand such as pearls and also the bottle design of Chanel’s iconic No.5 perfume. For its upcoming auction, Christie’s will pay special tribute to the legend by selling some of his runway pieces, which all represents an important page in fashion that will forever be celebrated and remembered.

Christie’s Handbags & Accessories spring sale will take place on 29 May at 11am, with viewings being held from 24–28 May, 10:30am–6:30pm, at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (No. 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong).

The Hermès Himalaya, the holy grail of handbags, is hitting the auction block

Cindie Chan

Style Editor

Fashion blogger turned editor, Cindie has spent over seven years covering all things stylish in the digital world. When she’s not busy poring over the latest covetable releases or attending the most talked-about fashion events in town, you’ll find her enjoying some precious downtime with her newborn son and sweet dog Rosy.

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