When most of us buy a new handbag, we have a few things we consider. Size is a big factor, as is shape and style. Some people prefer fabric, others want leather, and some people want all vegan friendly materials. We consider how many pockets they have, and how they look. Some like a shoulder bag, while others prefer crossbody.
Most of us consider cost too – but not everyone. In fact, there are handbags out there that cost more than your car! Here are the top ten most expensive handbags in the world – just in case you win the lotto one day!
An unnamed (and ridiculously wealthy) client approached handbag designer Debbie Wingham.
The client brought along a collection of jewelry and a scarf as inspiration, and Debbie whipped up a handbag that included an emu egg, 24k gold, platinum and nearly 8,000 diamonds.
The bag, named “Reborn” cost the client an eyewatering $6.7 million!
At “just” 3.2 million dollars, the 1001 Nights Diamond Purse seems like a steal compared to number one! But this 18k gold bag still featured over 4,500 diamonds in various colours and shapes and took a mind boggling 8,800 hours of work to create! Our only question is where would you use a bag like this?
3. Hermès Kelly Rose Gold Bag
This well-known design house makes a variety of very expensive accessories, but this bag tops the list at $2 million! It’s tiny, and there were only 12 made, but with solid rose gold and 1,160 diamonds, it’s definitely one of the blingiest bags in the world!
4. Hermès Birkin Bag by Ginza Tanaka
The Hermès Birkin is beloved by celebrities, and normally costs more than any of our handbag budgets. However, this version (which was a collaboration with Japanese designer Ginza Tanaka) is made of platinum encrusted with 2,000 diamonds, including one 8 karat pear shaped beauty as the clasp.
Our number four still costs over $1.4 million, so you can have a really nice house, or this handbag!
5. Hermès Himalaya Birkin Bag
At just $379,000, this bag seems positively cheap after all those multi-million-dollar masterpieces! But this Nile crocodile bag, with it’s soft smoky grey colour is one of the most collectible in the world – so good luck finding one!
Rounding off the super expensive hand-crafted crocodile leather? 8 karat gold hardware and 214 diamonds.
The famous house of Chanel only made 13 of these bags. They’re made of alligator hide, this time in snowy white, with 18k gold chain straps and hardware and 334 diamonds. Priced at $216,000, it’s still more than most of us will pay for all of our handbags, for a lifetime!
7. Hermès Fuchsia Diamond Studded Birkin Bag
Another Birkin (which is one of the most sought-after handbag designs in the world!), this one priced at $222,000. It is made from bright, fuchsia crocodile leather, with 18k white gold and over 10 karats of diamonds.
8. Louis Vuitton Urban Satchel
You probably thought you would see LV higher on this list, but at just $150,000, this is nowhere near the most expensive bag out there!
Still, it’s considered a work of art, because, as a statement about the environment, the signature Louis Vuitton leather is covered with a selection of garbage. Definitely something you will find a lot of in an urban environment!
9. Kusama Pumpkin Minaudiere Jewel Bag
Made of black resin and decorated with precious metals, this bag is a collaboration between the world-famous design house of Louis Vuitton, and Yayoi Kusama.
It’s priced at $133,400, so it’s still a little out of most of our accessories budgets, but it does seem like a more practical choice. After all, some of the bags on this list probably need their own round the clock security detail!
10. Leiber Precious Rose
Finally, under $100,000! This handbag is priced at $92,000, which sounds like a bargain on this list, but is still more than most of us earn in a year.
It’s shaped like a rose and covered in precious metals and jewels. In fact, there are over 1,000 each of diamonds and pink sapphires on this bag! Makes you wonder why it sold for so little!