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Jane Birkin is an English singer and actress, based in France, known for movies like “Histoire de Melody Nelson,” “Death on the Nile,” and “Je t’aime…moi non plus.” She is also known for her 12-year relationship with renowned French actor, singer, poet, writer, and all around artist, Serge Gainsbourg. Jane Birkin’s beauty and sex appeal made her a popular fashion icon. Because of her haute-hippie style and free spirit, she was often photographed carrying a straw basket, which she used in lieu of a regular handbag.
In 1981, Hermès’ chief executive, Jean-Louis Dumas, sat next to Birkin on a short Paris – London flight. They say Birkin attempted to place her straw bag in the overhead compartment of her first-class seat, but all the contents fell to the floor, and she had to scramble to get them. She complained about not being able to find a leather weekend bag to fit her style. The legend says the two of them designed a bag together, sketching it on an air sickness bag, but we have no way to prove that.
“Each Birkin bag is handmade in France by one single artisan, and can take up to 18 hours to complete, from start to finish.”
Birkin bags are very much in demand, and because it takes the artisans so long to create one, there just isn’t enough supply. That’s why it’s nearly impossible to just be able to walk into an Hermès boutique, and walk out with a big orange box. At some point, there was even a five-to-six year-long wait list.
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The Hermès Birkin Bag That Sold For Record $298,000
An Hermès fuchsia Birkin bag was sold at Christie’s handbag auction in Hong Kong for record-setting $221,846. But earlier this year, an extremely rare 35cm Hermès braise shiny porosus crocodile Birkin bag with 18-karat white gold and diamond hardware became the most expensive resold Birkin bag at $298,000.
Aside from being one of the rare few handbags that has ever been produced in the world, what makes this particular Birkin bag so special is how it represents the pinnacle of luxury handbag craftsmanship. Featuring the finest crocodile skin treated with the most decadent, deepest red color imaginable, it takes a craftsman (with at least two years of apprenticeship experience at Hermès) about 50 hours to singlehandedly assemble this bag, perhaps even more when considering the diamond inlays and gold hardware. As for the condition, this $298,000-handbag which Privé Porter acquired in 2015 was unused, in “store fresh” condition and in its original packaging.