Summer is truly upon us this week and London shines with hope and summer spirit. Bright colours are back in fashion.
News from the Handbag World
Christie’s Handbag and PR departments have been busy these last 2 weeks. Firstly a new world record was set in Hong Kong as a Himalaya Birkin with 10.23 carats of diamonds was sold for a record-breaking £293,000.
Year on year, a new record is set for a new ‘most expensive handbag’.
Here is the rundown:
A similar Himalaya Crocodile Diamond bag became the most expensive handbag when sold for £208,250 last year.
In 2015, a pink crocodile-skin Hermes Birkin bag was sold for £146,000.
In 2011, a gold-and-diamond Birkin, formerly owned by Elizabeth Taylor, sold at auction for £142,000. The fact that it belonged to Ms Taylor added serious value, this is by far the most expensive pre-loved handbag to ever be sold.
Secondly, the first London handbag auction took place on Monday. I was concerned that with Ramadam upon us, Christie’s auction would be quiet. But there was a happy buzz around the room full of bidders from London, and two banks of staff lined the room taking calls from the UK, Hong Kong, New York and Australia.
The Bleu Marine Crocodile Birkin with diamonds, unused, but from 2007, fetched a large £125,000 which – after the 30% premium and tax – has cost the bidder a very considerable £162,500. Our opinion: given that the bag is 10 years old, this is a little high.
The New Constance
Back in what we can now call the more affordable Lilac Blue showroom, we have seen a new wave of interest in the Constance handbag. This has been sparked by the new funky ‘On a Summer Day’ Constance, an extremely modern route for Hermes in a collaboration with architect-come-artist Nigel Peak. The cubist design is inspired by a cityscape: showing buildings and trees in summer. We have such a bag, brand new in its box, and untouched by human hands, at £19,000.
Please click on the image to see the details on the website.
Vintage Bag Showroom in Chelsea, London
LBL has joined forces with the Handbag Clinic and a large collection of vintage bags is on display on the Kings Road. The collection includes vintage kellies, pre-loved Birkins, Gucci, Chanel and Christian Dior.
Click the link to view Lilac Blue London’s Vintage & Pre Loved Bags
We have two extraordinary non-Handbag related opportunities this month:
Ladies Patek Philippe Timepiece
The extremely rare Calatrava Waterlilies (5077/100G-001) is in white gold with a diamond bezel. It comes with its box, papers, certificate and international warranty and is one of the timepieces from the Contemporary Collection.
The beautiful watch has a round case in white gold which surrounds a green dial in white gold with enamel and diamonds scattered across the water lilies. A very pretty work of art, held on your wrist by a green alligator strap. The price is £85,000 including delivery to Europe, the US, or the Middle East.
If you would like more information on this spectacular piece then please email email@example.com