A Hermes Birkin leather handbag, in tan with gilt metal mounts and dated 2000, sold for £3,500 to an international buyer at Tennants’ fashion revolution sale on May 9 proving the strength in the market for luxury fashion.
Tennants’ textile expert, Sarah White, said: “It was a great result for the bag; celebrities from Victoria Beckham and Kim Kardashian accessorise with these luxury, handmade bags which can only be bought new in store, after joining a lengthy waiting list. “
Individual designs can make more at auction than their original retail price due to the scarcity and exclusivity of the bag, such as diamond encrusted, commissions, or palomino crocodile skin bags, she added.
She continued: “Designer bags like this one are unique pieces of design, and are style icons in their own right and will remain timeless, hence their popularity at auction.”
Other highlights included a Louis Vuitton Brown Monogrammed Pegasus 70 rolling suitcase, and two Hermes’ silk pocket scarves. Issey Miyake, Jean Muir and Patricia Lester all made good prices in the costume section of the sale and we are now inviting designer entries for future textiles and vintage fashion auctions coming up this year.