Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Most Expensive Womens Handbags



We know that women love handbags, bags and purses but just why they love their handbags so much is more difficult to fathom. It can't be genetic, as handbags have only been around for about 150 years. The handbag fashion only really started in the late nineteenth century but it was not until around 1920 that handbags or bags became an essential item of a woman's wardrobe.
Louis Vuitton was the first manufacturer of "designer bags" and since he started it all off plenty of others have jumped on the designer bag bandwagon, no doubt seeing a good opportunity to make a lot of money by turning what should be just an ordinary utilitarian article into a prized object of fantasies and dreams.

1. The Hermes Birkin bag created by Japanese designer Ginza Tanaka - $1.9 million


This Hermes bags was apparently sold in 2008 for around $1.9 million. It is made of platinum and has over 2,000 diamonds. It is also versatile, so that in addition to being a handbag you can also use the diamond strap as a necklace or bracelet by removing it from the bag. The bag itself has an 8-carat pear shaped shimmering diamond that can also be used separately

2. The Chanel "Diamond Forever" Classic Handbag - $261,000


The "Diamond Forever" classic handbag boasts 334 diamonds for a total of 3.56 carats, in 18-carat white gold. The shoulder straps are also made from white gold. There are only 13 available worldwide, with five of them being in the USA.

3. Lana Marks Cleopatra Bag - $250,000


Lana Marks produces one Cleopatra clutch for retail each year. The one in the picture is made of metallic silver alligator skin and a clasp with 1,500 black and white diamonds in 18-carat white gold. Helen Mirren wore the $250,000 Lana Marks Cleopatra Clutch at the 2007 Academy Awards. Lana only allows one star per year to carry her handmade diamond studded designs down the crimson carpet.

4. Urban Satchel Louie Vuitton Bag - $150,000


The Louie Vuitton Urban Satchel Bag is created from all sorts of urban junk e.g. cigarette packets, water bottle, tea bags and band aid. Apparently this handbag doesn't actually exist and was put together as a spoof by an artist who I believe is called 14 (apologies if I spelt her name wrong) - and who resides here - GALLERY

5. Hermes Matte Crocodile Birkin Bag - $120,000


Named after British singer/actress Jane Birkin. The clasp of this tote boasts 10 carats of white diamonds. The bag itself is made of crocodile. You can get cheaper versions sarting at around $5000

6. Leiber Precious Rose Bag - $92,000


The Precious Rose is in the shape of a perfect flower, the bag has 1,016 diamonds totaling 42.56 carats, 1,169 pink sapphires and 800 tourmalines. There is only one available in the world.

7. LV Tribute Patchwork Bag - $42,000


Twenty are available in Louis Vuitton stores in Europe and Asia but the 4 in the USA have already been sold.

8. Gadino Bag by Hilde Palladino - $38,470


This crocodile Gadino Bag from Norwegian designer Hilde Palladino has 39 white diamonds strategically placed in clasps of white gold.

9. Marc Jacobs Carolyn Crocodile Handbag - $30,000


One of Marcj Jacobs' most popular bags despite the hefty price tag. Purple crocodile skin, quilted with interior pockets and separators.

10. Fendi Selleria Bag - $38,000


Can be made to order with sable and chinchilla, two of the world's rarest and most expensive animal skins. Big enough to accommodate a wallet, keys, cellphone and makeup bag.

So there you have it. If you want to buy one of these most expensive handbags then good luck ! Bu you may be able to find less expensive versions - the Hermes Birkin bag starts at only $5000 !

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