The Mouawad ‘1001 Nights Diamond Purse’

Christie’s Private Sales presents the most valuable handbag in the world

This holiday season, Christie’s Handbags Private Sales team has the distinct honour to offer the most valuable handbag in the world to our clients and collectors. The Mouawad ‘1001 Nights Diamond Purse’ was inspired by the tale of Scheherazade and her king. This epic tale of mystery and romance has informed the fantasmical design of the precious functional masterpiece. A combined 8,800 hours of craftsmanship by ten highly skilled artisans was required to place 4,517 diamonds onto the 18 karat white and yellow gold frame, with a total weight of 381.92 carats. A 5.04 carat F color, VS1 clarity diamond is placed at the center of the heart shape clutch, with a firework surrounding it, incorporating 7.89 carats of fancy vivid pink and 7.66 carats of fancy vivid yellow diamonds, with white baguette and round diamonds fastidiously placed in a pave style. No detail is overlooked on this spectacular piece, as even the display box is a work of art.

At Christie’s, we recognize that collectors are often looking for a specific handbag, or are seeking to buy or sell a handbag outside of the auction season. Christie’s Private Sales is a tailored and bespoke process through which our dedicated team of handbag specialists work one-on-one with you to either source or sell timepieces in the strictest confidence, utilizing our global network of collectors relationships. Our specialists are available for appointments and hold private selling exhibitions worldwide. We invite you to contact us for confidential discussions should you wish to purchase or sell works through the Handbags Private Sales team.

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